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Early Origins of the Dight family

The surname Dight was first found in Derbyshire where the first record of the family was in the Latin form: Henry Duyhts who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls there in 1327. [1]

There is much speculation about the origin of this name. One source notes that it is a "corruption of the once common Dyot (v. Dyet and Dyson.) [2]

Another presumes that is was a "pet name of Dionisia (Greek god of wine.)" [3]

Another believes that the name was "possibly a corruption of Thwaite." [4] And finally, another source believes that the name was Norman in origin, as according to the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae, the name is "from Doit. William de Doito, Ralph, Walter, Rainald, Richard, 1185-95, in Normandy" [5]

Moving on from the aforementioned listing in 1327, fifty-two years later there was another found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Magota Duyott and this source notes that "the usual form in this register of names is Dyot and Diot." [2]

John Dwight was listed in the 1524 Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk and Josiah Dwight was listed in Oxfordshire in 1665. [1]

Early History of the Dight family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dight research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1524, 1455, 1487, 1511, 1628, 1703, 1674, 1674, 1669, 1737, 1669, 1708, 1729, 1676 and 1687 are included under the topic Early Dight History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dight Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dwight, Dwite, Dwit, Dweight, Dwyte, Dight and others.

Early Notables of the Dight family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Dwight (1628-1703), generally considered the first distinguished English potter, his work can be found today in the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. On 3 March 1674, Dwight's six-year-old daughter Lydia died. Her statue made in 1674 entitled "Lydia Dwight Resurrected" can be found today in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London...
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United States Dight migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dight Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Dight, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dight (post 1700) +

  • John C. Dight, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912 [7]
  • Mr. Marc David Dight C.B.E., British Senior Circuit Judge for Central London County Court was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to Diversity and Community Relations in the Judiciary

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  6. 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)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook