Origins Available: German
The roots of the ancient and distinguished German surname Dilday lie in Westphalia
. The name is of two possible origins. Firstly, Dilday is derived from the name "Direndai," a Middle High German term for a special type of textile; in this instance, the name would have been originally borne by a manufacturer or seller of this kind of textile. Alternatively, the name is derived from the Old High German "diot," meaning "people, nation," and "dey," meaning "bog, marsh." In this case, it is likely that the progenitor of the name was someone who lived near a bog or marsh area.
Early Origins of the Dilday family
The surname Dilday was first found in Westphalia
, where the name is thought to have first emerged. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Konrad Dyrenday, who was a resident of Esslingen in 1350. The young Dilday family played a major role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of medieval Westphalian
Early History of the Dilday family
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Dilday Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Dilthey, Dilday, Dildine, Direndai, Dillenday and many more.
Early Notables of the Dilday family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dilday family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Catharina Dilthey, who emigrated from the Palatinate to New York with her children Frantz, Georg, and Hermann in 1710; and John Ogden Dildine, who was naturalized in Ontario in 1837..