Dill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Dill family

The surname Dill 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." [1]

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), [2] and the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Alan Dille in Cambridgeshire and Robert Dille in Buckinghamshire. [3]

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." [4]

Early History of the Dill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dill research. Another 48 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1635, 1624, 1624, 1633, 1667, 1707 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Dill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dill Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Dill family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Roger Delk (Dilke, Delke, or Dilk) (died before 1635) English-born, representative for Stanley's Hundred in the House of Burgesses. He traveled from England to Virginia aboard the ship "Southampton" in 1624. He was indentured to John Chew and employed in 1624 on his plantation on Hog Island. He rose to represent the Stanley Hundred...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dill migration to the United States +

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 [5]
  • Lawrence Dill, who 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 [5]
  • Wilhelm Dill, who landed in New York, NY in 1710 [5]
  • Johan Michael Dill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [5]
  • Adam Dill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1737 [5]
  • John Michael Dill, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • George Dill, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802 [5]
  • Henry Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [5]
  • Baltzer Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [5]
  • John Dill, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [5]
  • John, Dill Jr., who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dill (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Horace Eldred Dill (1924-2008), American country music singer
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Dill +

  • 1727 "Some Descendants and Kinsmen of William Dill, Sr., a Delaware Colonist" by Harry F. Dill.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ 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)


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