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

The rich and ancient history of the Dilley family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes 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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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dilley have been found, including Dilke, Dilkes, Dilks, Dilley, Dill, Dillow and others.

First found in Warwickshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dilley research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dilley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dilley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Dilley, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were :

Dilley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • George S. Dilley, aged 26, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1905
  • Harley Dilley, aged 4, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1906
  • Ellen F. Dilley, aged 54, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Ailene Dilley, aged 2, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1906
  • Almira Dilley, aged 6, who emigrated to America from London, England, in 1906


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  • Becki and Keith Dilley, American parents of the Dilley sextuplets, born May 25, 1993, America's first set of surviving sextuplets
  • Whitney Crothers Dilley, American professor of comparative literature and cinema studies
  • Gary J. Dilley (b. 1945), former American swimmer
  • Graham Roy Dilley (1959-2011), English cricketer
  • Mr. John Dilley, aged 30, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking
  • Bruno Dilley (1913-1968), highly decorated German Major in the Luftwaffe during World War II
  • Mark Dilley (b. 1969), Canadian race car driver
  • Leslie Dilley, Welsh production designer and art director


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The Dilley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dilley 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.

This page was last modified on 17 August 2015 at 08:13.

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