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.
Early Origins of the Dillow family
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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), CITATION[CLOSE]
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. and the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Alan Dille in Cambridgeshire and Robert Dille in Buckinghamshire. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Dillow family
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Dillow Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Dillow family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dillow family to Ireland
Some of the Dillow family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Dillow family to the New World and Oceana
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
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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
Contemporary Notables of the name Dillow (post 1700)
- 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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html