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The name Dillow has a rich and ancient history. It is an Anglo-Saxon name that was originally 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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The surname Dillow 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]

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dillow include Dilke, Dilkes, Dilks, Dilley, Dill, Dillow and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dillow research. Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dillow History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Dillow Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Fanny E. Dillow, aged 34, who landed in America from Kettering, England, in 1905
  • George E. Dillow, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Kettering, England, in 1905
  • Joseph E. Dillow, aged 33, who settled in America from Kettering, England, in 1905
  • Mildred Dillow, aged 1, who landed in America from Kettering, England, in 1905
  • Wm. Roy Dillow, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918


Dillow Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • Thomas Dillow, aged 33, who emigrated to Toronto, Ont., Canada, in 1912
  • Annie Dillow, aged 42, who settled in London, Canada in 1919
  • James Dillow, aged 7, who emigrated to London, Canada in 1919
  • Thomas Dillow, aged 40, who settled in London, Canada in 1919

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  • Jonathan J.A. Dillow, American Supervisory Hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey
  • Linda Dillow, American author of A Mother's Journey, Calm My Anxious Heart and the best-selling Creative Counterpart
  • J. Livingstone Dillow, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 1944, 1960


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  8. 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.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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