The age-old Pictish-Scottish family name Dickston is derived from son of Dick
which is a derivative of the personal name Richard.
Early Origins of the Dickston family
The surname Dickston 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 Dickston family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dickston research.Another 441 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1471, 1479, 1702, 1695, 1583, 1663, 1630, 1666, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Dickston History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dickston Spelling Variations
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations
in names were common even among members of one family unit. Dickston has appeared Dixon, Dickson, Dixoun, Dikson, Dyxson, Dyckson, Dicksoun, Dicson and many more.
Early Notables of the Dickston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dickston family to Ireland
Some of the Dickston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dickston family to the New World and Oceana
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland
, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan
societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Dickston: Joan Dickson who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Stephen Dickson settled in Virginia in 1619; one year before the "Mayflower"; William Dickson settled in Maryland in 1719.
The Dickston 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.