Dillon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname is one of the Anglo-Norman names that arrived in Ireland in the wake of the 12th century invasion by Richard "Strongbow" de Clare, 2nd Earl of Pembroke. The surname Dillon belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. The name of the Dillon family comes from the name of the town of Lyon in central France. In France, the name may also have been a nickname for a fierce or brave warrior, as derived from the Old French word "lion," which meant "lion." The Irish Gaelic form of the surname Dillon is Diolún.

Early Origins of the Dillon family

The surname Dillon was first found in at Drumrany in County Westmeath (Irish: An Iarmhí) in the Irish Midlands, province of Leinster, where they were the Barons of Drumrany. The Dillon family is descended from Sir Henry de Leon, a member of a noble Breton family who came to Ireland in 1185, in the service of the Earl of Morton, who later became King John. For de Leon's service, King John granted him MacCarrons territory, part of Annaly, and other vast possessions, including a castle at Dunimon.

Important Dates for the Dillon family

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Dillon Spelling Variations

Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Dillon that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Dillon, Delion, Dilune, Dilon, Dylon, Dillan, Dillen and many more.

Early Notables of the Dillon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Theobald Dillon, 1st Viscount Dillon (died 1624), was an Irish military commander and adventurer who claimed descent from the Anglo-Norman Henry le Dillon; Lucas Dillon, 2nd Viscount Dillon (1610-1629); Theobald Dillon, 3rd Viscount Dillon (1629-1630); Thomas Dillon, 4th Viscount Dillon (1615-1672); Thomas Dillon, 5th Viscount Dillon (d. 1674); Lucas Dillon, 6th Viscount Dillon (d. 1682); Theobald Dillon, 7th Viscount Dillon (d. 1691), supporter of King James II by raising the Dillon Regime, that became part of...
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Dillon migration to the United States

During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North America. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Dillon:

Dillon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Dillon, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763 [1]
  • Hannah Dillon, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1796 [1]
Dillon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pierce N Dillon, aged 17, who arrived in New York in 1811 [1]
  • Patrick Dillon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1815 [1]
  • Ellen Dillon, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Mrs. Dillon, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Alice Dillon, who settled in New York in 1820
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Dillon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Agnes M. Dillon, who settled in Vermont in 1867-1937

Dillon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dillon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Amos Dillon U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 446 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Mrs. Jane Dillon U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 533 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Miss. Jane Dillon D. U.E. (b. 1770), aged 13 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 578 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [2]
  • Mr. William Dillon U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • William Dillon who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1796 [3]
Dillon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Judith Dillon from County Tipperary was married at Catalina, Newfoundland in 1813 [3]
  • John Dillon, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1814 [3]
  • Moses Dillon, who settled in Harbour Grace in 1814
  • Margaret Dillon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Morgan Dillon, who settled in Joe Batts Arm, Newfoundland in 1823 [3]
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Dillon migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dillon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Dillon, a tailor, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Jeremiah Dillon, aged 30, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Calphurnia" [4]
  • J. Dillon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Calphurnia" in 1849 [4]
  • Johanna Dillon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [5]
  • Robert Dillon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1849 [6]
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Dillon migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dillon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Dillon, aged 25, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Eleanor Dillon, aged 22, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Ellen Jane Dillon, aged 1, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Thomas Harford Dillon, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Fanny Dillon, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dillon (post 1700)

  • Brigadier-General Theodore Harwood Dillon (1884-1961), American Deputy Chief of the Transport Corps (1942-1943) [7]
  • Major-General Joseph Vincent DePaul Dillon (1899-1971), American Air Provost Marshal, US Army Air Forces (1946-1953) [8]
  • George Hill Dillon (1906-1968), American editor and poet awarded the 1932 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
  • Robert A. Dillon (1889-1944), American screenwriter and film director of the silent era
  • Sidney Dillon (1812-1892), President of Union Pacific Railroad from 1874 to 1884 and from 1890 until his death in 1892
  • Matthew Raymond "Matt" Dillon (b. 1964), American Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominated actor
  • Jack Dillon (1891-1942), American light heavyweight boxing champion of the world in 1914
  • David Dillon (b. 1951), CEO and Chairman of Kroger Company
  • Clarence Douglas Dillon (1909-2003), American politician, 57th United States Secretary of the Treasury and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Andrew J. Dillon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 2008 [9]
  • ... (Another 73 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Dillon family

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Thomas Patrick Dillon, aged 24, English Trimmer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 4 [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The CALPHURNIA 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Calpurnia.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) "MADAWASKA" 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Madawaska.htm
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Theodore Dillon. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Dillon/Theodore_Harwood/USA.html
  8. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Joseph Dillon. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Dillon/Joseph_Vincent_DePaul/USA.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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