Dickinson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the name Dickinson are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the personal name Richard. Dicca (in the modern form, Dick) is a diminutive of the name Richard. When the son suffix is added to the root, the name literally means son of Richard.

Early Origins of the Dickinson family

The surname Dickinson was first found in Lancashire at Wrightington, a township, in the parish of Eccleston, union of Wigan, hundred of Leyland. "Robert Dicconson, of Eccleston, married Anne, daughter of John Wrightington, and was grandfather of William, who was convicted of high treason in the reign of William III. The Dicconsons held the property until 1812, when Capt. Edward Dicconson died without issue, and was succeeded by a nephew, Thomas Eccleston, of Eccleston and Scarisbrick. His son Charles, on succeeding to this estate, assumed the name of Dicconson." [1]

Welsh Whitte, again in Lancashire was another estate of the same family. It was originally known as Walsewythull and Walshwittell. "In 1707 it was forfeited by the treason of William Dickenson, then owner, but, owing to legal technicality, the manor was not seized by the crown; and the Dicconsons, his descendants, have since been the principal proprietors." [1]

Early History of the Dickinson family

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Dickinson Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dickinson has been spelled many different ways, including Dickieson, Dickinson, Dickeson, Dickenson and others.

Early Notables of the Dickinson family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include John Dickenson ( fl. 1594), English romance-writer of unknown origin. [2] Jonathan Dickinson (1663-1722) was a Quaker merchant from Port Royal, Jamaica who was shipwrecked on the southeast coast of Florida in 1696, along with his family and the other passengers and crew members of the ship. He twice served as Mayor of Philadelphia, in 1712-1713 and 1717-1719. His journal was reprinted sixteen times in English, and three times each in Dutch and German translations, between...
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Ireland Migration of the Dickinson family to Ireland

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United States Dickinson migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dickinsons to arrive in North America:

Dickinson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jerimiah Dickinson, who landed in Virginia in 1620 [3]
  • Elzabeth Dickinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623 [3]
  • Nathaniel Dickinson, who landed in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1634 [3]
  • Elizabeth Dickinson, who landed in New England in 1637 [3]
  • Anthony Dickinson, who arrived in Virginia in 1640 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dickinson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Alice Dickinson, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1702 [3]
  • George Dickinson, who landed in Virginia in 1716 [3]
  • Benjamin Dickinson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1717-1718 [3]
  • Gilchrist Dickinson, who landed in New York in 1789 [3]
  • James Dickinson, who arrived in New York in 1799 [3]
Dickinson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gordon Dickinson, who arrived in America in 1804 [3]
  • Philemon Dickinson who was a tanner of Salem
  • Thomas Dickinson, who landed in New York, NY in 1832 [3]
  • William Dickinson, who landed in New York in 1833 [3]
  • T H Dickinson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dickinson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dickinson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Isaac Dickinson U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. James Dickinson U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Samuel Dickinson U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • Mr. Tertullus Dickinson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [4]
  • Major Turtulus Dickinson U.E. born in Massachusetts, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dickinson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Myron Dickinson, who arrived in Canada in 1840
  • Mr. George Dickinson, aged 2 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Primrose" departing from the port of Limerick, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [5]
  • Mrs. Margaret Dickinson, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Cape Breton" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [5]
  • Mrs. Dickinson, aged 50, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1864

Australia Dickinson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dickinson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • David Dickinson, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Samuel Dickinson, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]
  • Miss Sarah Dickinson who was convicted in Preston, Lancashire, England for 7 years , transported aboard the "Aurora" on 22nd April 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • James Dickinson, English Convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Samuel Dickinson, aged 39, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"
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New Zealand Dickinson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dickinson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Robert Dickinson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Joseph Dickinson, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Mr. John Dickinson, (b. 1840), aged 34, English fitter from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [9]
  • Mrs. Ellen Dickinson, (b. 1835), aged 39, English settler from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [9]
  • Mr. Thomas Dickinson, (b. 1854), aged 20, English settler from Yorkshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dickinson (post 1700) +

  • Angie Dickinson (b. 1931), born Angeline Brown, an American Golden Globe Award winning and three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television and film actress
  • Edward Fenwick Dickinson (1829-1891), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Ohio (1869-1871)
  • Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842-1932), American orator and lecturer, an advocate for the abolition of slavery and for women's suffrage, she was the first woman to give a political address before the United States Congress
  • Almaron Dickinson (1800-1836), American Texan soldier and defender during the Battle of the Alamo
  • Susanna Wilkerson Dickinson (1814-1883), American mother who with her infant daughter Angelina were among the few American survivors of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo during the Texas Revolution
  • David W. Dickinson (1808-1845), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1833-1835)
  • Edward Dickinson (1803-1874), American politician, father of the poet Emily Dickinson
  • Andrew Bray Dickinson (1801-1873), American politician from New York
  • Daniel Stevens Dickinson (1800-1866), American politician, 27th Attorney General of New York (1862-1863)
  • John Dean Dickinson (1767-1841), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Faulkner Dickinson, English Third Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [10]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Merle E. Dickinson, American Gunner's Mate Third Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [11]


Suggested Readings for the name Dickinson +

  • 1109 "The Dickenson Families of England and America (Dickinson, Dickerson, Dickson, Dixon, etc.) Bonnie Sage Ball, "Dickerson and Dickinson Descendants of Philemon Dickerson of Southold, Long Island, N.Y. Also Long Island Descendants of Captain John Dickinson of Oyster Bay" by Wesley Logan Baker, "Descendants of Nathaniel Dickinson" by Elinor V. Smith.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 24)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  11. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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