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The Dill name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Dill 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.

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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dill were recorded, including Dilke, Dilkes, Dilks, Dilley, Dill, Dillow and others.

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." [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dill research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dill family emigrate to North America:

Dill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Rachell Dill, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Lawrence Dill settled in Summers Island in 1673

Dill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Annanias Dill, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Wilhelm Dill, who landed in New York, NY in 1710
  • Johan Michael Dill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Adam Dill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737
  • John Michael Dill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740


Dill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Dill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Henry Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Baltzer Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • John Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • John, Dill Jr., who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840


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  • James Dill (1772-1838), American politician, Member of Indiana Territorial House of Representatives, 1811-13; Delegate to Indiana State Constitutional Convention, 1816
  • David K. Dill (1955-2015), American politician, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (2003-2015)
  • Cynthia Dill (b. 1965), American lawyer and Maine politician
  • Max M. Dill (1876-1949), American silent film actor
  • Scott Dill (b. 1966), former American NFL offensive tackle
  • Terrance Darby Dill (b. 1939), American professional golfer
  • Lesley Dill (b. 1950), American contemporary artist
  • Craig Dill, American basketball player
  • Robert Edward Dill (1920-1991), American professional ice hockey player
  • Clarence Cleveland Dill (1884-1978), American politician from the state of Washington

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  • Some Descendants and Kinsmen of William Dill, Sr., a Delaware Colonist by Harry F. Dill.
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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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The Dill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dill Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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