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Where did the English Dill family come from? What is the English Dill family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dill family history?

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. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. 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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