Dimmick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dimmick arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dimmick family lived in Gloucestershire. The name is derived from the local of Dymock, a village in this county.

Dymock was the home of the Dymock poets (1911 to 1914) that included Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, and John Drinkwater. The homes of Robert Frost and Wilfrid Wilson Gibson can still be seen there today. It is thought that the family first lived at Knight's Green, an area just outside of the village of Dymock. A reference in 1848 listed the village as having 1776 inhabitants, but today there are fewer than 300. [1]

Early Origins of the Dimmick family

The surname Dimmick was first found in Gloucestershire where the village and parish of Dymock dates back to before the Norman Conquest. According to the Domesday Book, Dymock was held by King Edward at that time and was part of the Botloe hundred. It goes on to mention that King William held it in demesne for 4 years and after that, Earl William held it followed by his son Roger. It was sizable as there was land there for 41 ploughs and a priest held another 12 acres at the time. [2]

Today the village comprises over 7,000 acres. The name Dymock was possibly derived from the Celtic word "din" which meant "fort" [3]

Another reference claims that name was derived from the Saxon words "dim" for dark, + "ac" for oak, in other words "dark oak." [1] Remains can still be seen of an ancient hall in Howell, Lincolnshire, the seat of the Dymoke family at one time. [1]

One of the first on record was Roger Dymock ( fl. 1395), an early English theologian who studied at Oxford, and there proceeded to the degree of doctor in divinity. [4]

Sir John Dymoke (d. 1381), was the Kng's Champion, or Champion of England, "whose functions were confined to the performance of certain ceremonial duties at coronations, is stated to have been the son of John Dymoke, by his wife, Felicia Harevill. The family has been variously traced to the village of the name in Gloucestershire and to the Welsh borders near Herefordshire. The importance of Sir John and of his descendants was due to his marriage with Margaret (b. 1325), daughter of Thomas de Ludlow (b. 1300). " [4]

Early History of the Dimmick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dimmick research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1381, 1500, 1566, 1531, 1580, 1428, 1471, 1469, 1471 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Dimmick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dimmick Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Dymoke, Dymock, Dimock, Dimoke and others.

Early Notables of the Dimmick family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Dymoke (died 1381), held the manor of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire; Margaret Dymoke (ca.1500-?), of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire, lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII of England; Sir Edward Dymoke, of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire (d. 1566), Hereditary King's Champion; Robert Dymoke, Dymock or Dymocke, of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire (1531-1580), Queen's Champion of England; and Sir...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dimmick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dimmick migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Dimmick name or one of its variants:

Dimmick Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Dimmick, who landed in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1635 [5]
Dimmick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Dimmick, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1730 [5]

Australia Dimmick migration to Australia +

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

Dimmick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Dimmick, aged 31, a carter, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sea Park" [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dimmick (post 1700) +

  • Samuel E. Dimmick (d. 1875), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860, 1868; Pennsylvania State Attorney General, 1873-75 [7]
  • Milo Melankthon Dimmick (1811-1872), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 10th District, 1849-53 [7]
  • Levi Dimmick, American politician, Member of New York State Senate 23rd District, 1850-51; Resigned 1851 [7]
  • Kimball H. Dimmick, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, 1861 [7]
  • Joseph Benjamin Dimmick (1858-1920), American Republican politician, Mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, 1906-09 [7]
  • J. W. Dimmick, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1900 [7]
  • J. P. Dimmick, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1908 [7]
  • Eber Dimmick, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Chenango County, 1841 [7]
  • Diane Dimmick, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Hapeville, Georgia, 2011 [7]
  • Charles H. Dimmick, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Willimantic, Connecticut, 1899-1915 [7]
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Dimmick Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Rege et lege Dimico
Motto Translation: Fight for King and Law.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA PARK 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/seapark1852.shtml.
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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