Dillingham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Today's generation of the Dillingham family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dillingham family lived the Old French given name Guillaume. The name Guillaume was modified into two forms after arriving in England: Gillham; from which Gillingham derives; and William. Alternatively, the name could have been a local name as "of Gillingham." In this case, there are three parishes so named in England: a parish in Norfolk, near Beccles; a parish in Dorset, near Shaftesbury; a parish in Kent, near Chatham. 
Early Origins of the Dillingham family
The surname Dillingham was first found in Dorset, Norfolk, and in Kent. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list: Gild de Gillingham in Dorset and Robert de Gyllingham in Norfolk. During the reign of Edward I., Hugh de Gillingham was found in Kent and Robert de Gillingham was found in Norfolk. Richard de Gillyngham, was listed in Somerset, during the reign of Edward III.  Another source claims the Dorset local was the original. "The Gillinghams evidently derive their name from the Dorset town thus called."  We will take a moment to discuss the ancient history of Gillingham, Kent. "This ancient village, which is recorded in Domesday Book by the name of Gelingeham, was much exposed to the ravages of the Danes; and it is said that 600 noblemen, who landed here in the retinue of Alfred and Edward, were murdered upon the spot, by Earl Godwin. Charles I. erected a fort for the protection of the royal dockyard and navy, which, proving ineffectual to resist the Dutch in their celebrated expedition up the river, in 1667, was subsequently enlarged, and distinguished by the name of Gillingham Castle. The church was formerly remarkable for what was deemed a miraculous image of the Virgin, called 'Our Lady of Gillingham,' in a niche over the western door, to which frequent pilgrimages were made." 
Important Dates for the Dillingham family
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Dillingham Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dillingham include Gillingham, Gillam, Gwilliams, Gilham and others.
Early Notables of the Dillingham family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Gwilliam of Gillham; Theophilus Dillingham (1613-1678), an English churchman and academic, Master of Clare Hall, Cambridge and Archdeacon of Bedford; and Francis Dillingham, English Protestant scholar...
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Dillingham migration to the United States
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Dillinghams to arrive on North American shores:
Dillingham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Dillingham, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1631 
- Edward Dillingham, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1636 
Dillingham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- H H Dillingham, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Contemporary Notables of the name Dillingham (post 1700)
- Charles Dillingham (b. 1991), American Managing Director of the Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles
- Jay B. Dillingham (1910-2007), American former president of the Kansas City Stockyards
- Craig Dillingham (b. 1958), American country music singer and songwriter
- Richard Dillingham (1823-1850), American Quaker school teacher and abolitionist from Morrow County, Ohio
- Walter Francis Dillingham (1875-1963), American industrialist and businessman from Honolulu, called the Baron of Hawaii Industry
- Charles Bancroft Dillingham (1868-1934), American Broadway producer and theater reviewer for the New York Evening Post
- Paul Dillingham Jr. (1799-1891), American Republican politician, 29th Governor of Vermont 
- Benjamin Franklin Dillingham (1844-1918), American businessman and industrialist during the late Kingdom of Hawaii
- William Paul Dillingham (1843-1923), American Republican politician, 42nd Governor of Vermont 
- Constance Dillingham, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952 (alternate), 1956 
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