Dickison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Dickison family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes 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 Dickison family

The surname Dickison 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 Dickison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickison research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1366, 1388, 1300, 1594, 1663, 1722, 1696, 1712, 1713, 1717, 1719, 1700, 1869, 1670, 1752, 1670, 1624, 1707, 1659, 1741 and 1659 are included under the topic Early Dickison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dickison Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dickison include Dickieson, Dickinson, Dickeson, Dickenson and others.

Early Notables of the Dickison 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...
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dickison Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dickison family to Ireland

Some of the Dickison family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Dickison 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:

Dickison Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • W Dickison, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843

Contemporary Notables of the name Dickison (post 1700) +

  • Richard Dickison, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from South Carolina 3rd District, 1986 [3]
  • C. A. Dickison, American Republican politician, Mayor of Compton, California, 1924-33 [3]


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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