Dilkes is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that is derived from the baptismal name meaning the son of Dilk.
The surname was originally of Dutch origin and was brought into England
during the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Dilkes family
The surname Dilkes was first found in Warwickshire
. "Maxstoke Castle is the property of Capt. Thomas Dilke, R.N., a descendant of Sir Thomas Dilke, who purchased it in the 41st of Elizabeth from Sir Thomas Egerton, keeper of the great seal: the buildings occupy an irregular quadrilateral area, inclosed by an embattled wall, and defended at the angles by octagonal towers, and are in a fine state of preservation." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Other early records of the family include: Geoffrey Dylle who was in Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of Edward III), CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print. and the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Alan Dille in Cambridgeshire and Robert Dille in Buckinghamshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Further to the north in Scotland, "Thomas dictus Dyll witnessed a charter by John Skinner, burgess of Inverness, c. 1360 and Marjorie dicta Dyll held land in Inuernys, 1361." CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the Dilkes family
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Dilkes Spelling Variations
Dilkes has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Dilkes have been found, including Dilke, Dilkes, Dilks, Dilley, Dill, Dillow and others.
Early Notables of the Dilkes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dilkes family to Ireland
Some of the Dilkes family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dilkes family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dilkes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Thomas Dilkes, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Osborne" in 1867
Contemporary Notables of the name Dilkes (post 1700)
- Christopher Wentworth Dilkes (1913-1987), English writer
- Emilia Lady Dilkes (1840-1904), English author, art historian, feminist and trade unionist
- Roger Dilkes (b. 1948), English former football referee
- Charles Wentworth Dilkes (1789-1864), English liberal critic and writer on literature
- Ashton Wentworth Dilkes (1850-1883), British traveller and radical Liberal
- Oswald Ashton Wentworth Dilkes (1915-1993), British classical scholar and philologist