Dickson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Dickson family lived. The name Dickson comes from son of Dick which is a derivative of the personal name Richard.

Early Origins of the Dickson family

The surname Dickson was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times. They were descended from the ancient Pictish Clan Keith, and the first Dickson was son of Richard Keith, son of the great Marischal of Scotland, who died in 1249, and Margaret daughter of the third Lord Douglas. Hence the Clan has always claimed to be followers of the Douglas Clan.

Early History of the Dickson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickson research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1471, 1479, 1702, 1695, 1583, 1663, 1583, 1715, 1698, 1688, 1635, 1638, 1680, 1729, 1660, 1630, 1666, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Dickson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dickson Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Dickson has been spelled Dixon, Dickson, Dixoun, Dikson, Dyxson, Dyckson, Dicksoun, Dicson and many more.

Early Notables of the Dickson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was David Dickson or Dick (1583-1663), Scottish theologian, born in Glasgow. He "was the only son of John Dick or Dickson, a wealthy merchant in the Trongate of Glasgow, whose father was an old feuar of some lands called the Kirk of Muir, in the parish of St. Ninians, Stirlingshire. He was born in Glasgow about 1583, and educated at the university, where he graduated M.A., and was appointed one of the regents or professors of philosophy." [1] John Dixon (d. 1715), was an English miniature...
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Ireland Migration of the Dickson family to Ireland

Some of the Dickson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Dickson migration to the United States +

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Dickson:

Dickson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Dickson, who settled in Virginia in 1619
  • Stephen Dickson, who landed in Virginia in 1619 [2]
  • Peter Dickson, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Tho Dickson, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [2]
  • Richard Dickson, who landed in Virginia in 1647 [2]
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Dickson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Dickson, who settled in Maryland in 1719
  • Edward Dickson, who settled in Maryland in 1724
  • Samuel Dickson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766 [2]
  • Jane Dickson, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1767
  • Andrew Dickson, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1775 [2]
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Dickson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Dickson, who arrived in America in 1810 [2]
  • J Dickson, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • Mary J Dickson, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
  • Adam Dickson, aged 60, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Benjamin Dickson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 [2]
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Canada Dickson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dickson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Cochran Dickson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Dickson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Robert Dickson, who settled in Montreal Quebec, in 1781
  • Dr. James Dickson, who settled in Halifax NS in 1783
  • Mr. Joseph Dickson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [3]
Dickson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • James Dickson, aged 23, who landed in Canada in 1811
  • James Dickson, aged 23, who arrived in Canada in 1811
  • Debora Dickson, aged 29, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Susan" in 1838
  • John Dickson, who landed in Canada in 1841
  • Mr. Thomas Dickson, aged 10 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [4]
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Australia Dickson migration to Australia +

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

Dickson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Dickson, a cartwright, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Alicia Dickson "Dixon", aged 19, Irish convict from Dublin, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" in 1834, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Henry Dickson, aged 27, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 [6]
  • Henry Dickson, aged 27, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia" [6]
  • Sarah Dickson, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana" [7]
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New Zealand Dickson 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:

Dickson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Dickson, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Deborah" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842 [8]
  • Alexander Dickson, aged 30, a plumber, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • Mr. Charles Dickson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Ennerdale" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1849 [8]
  • R.W. Dickson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Ennerdale" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1849 [8]
  • Miss Julia Dickson, British settler as Sister of Mercy travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Dinapore" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 5th August 1857 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dickson (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Henry Dickson (1798-1872), American poet, physician, writer and educator
  • Earle Dickson (1892-1961), American inventor of the Band-Aid® brand adhesive bandages
  • Dorothy Dickson (1893-1995), American-born, British actress and singer, member of the Ziegfeld Follies
  • Robert B. Dickson (b. 1944), American professional PGA golfer
  • Brenda Irene Dickson (b. 1949), American actress, best known for her rols on The Young and the Restless
  • Leonard Eugene Dickson (1874-1954), American mathematician awarded the Cole Prize for Algebra in 1928
  • Andrea R. Dickson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1984 [9]
  • Almer F. Dickson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from East Haddam, 1910, 1912 [9]
  • Almar F. Dickson, American politician, U.S. Consul in Gaspé Basin, 1897; Gaspé, 1905-08 [9]
  • Alexander W. Dickson, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1908 [9]
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Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Peter Dickson (1881-1914), Canadian First Class Passenger from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. William Dickson (d. 1912), aged 36, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]


The Dickson Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortes Fortuna Juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the Bold.


Suggested Readings for the name Dickson +

  • 884 "Downeast Dicksons: 42 Lines of Early New England Settlers and All the Descendants, as of 1987, of Captain Talbot Dickson and Susan Hayland of Harrington, Maine" by Katharine Dickson, "Genealogical Record of the McDonalds, Logans, Dicksons, Brownless" By Daniel McDonald.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1834 with 15 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1834
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Calpurnia.htm
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SULTANA 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850Sultana.htm
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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