Show ContentsDimsdale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dimsdale family

The surname Dimsdale was first found in Durham at Low Dinsdale or Over Dinsdale, a parish, in the union of Darlington, S. W. division of Stockton ward. "A sulphureous well was discovered in [here] 1789, at the depth of seventy-two feet from the surface; it received the name of Dinsdale Spa, and has become a place of resort during the summer season." 1

Early History of the Dimsdale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dimsdale research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1712 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Dimsdale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dimsdale Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dimsdale, Dinsdale, Dimsdales, Dinsdales, Dinsdayle, Dimsdayle, Dinsdaile and many more.

Early Notables of the Dimsdale family

Notables of the family at this time include

  • Thomas Dimsdale (1712-1800), 1st Baron Dimsdale, an eminent English physician, whose work on inoculation for small pox caught the attention of Empress Catherine II of Russia...
  • She brought Dimsdale to Russia, had herself and her son inoculated, and created him a Baron of the Russian Empire...

United States Dimsdale migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dimsdale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Dimsdale who settled in New England in 1663
  • Robert Dimsdale, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Dimsdale (post 1700) +

  • Howard Dimsdale (1914-1991), American screenwriter for television and films
  • Thomas Dimsdale (1712-1800), English physician, born on 6 May 1712, grandson of Robert Dimsdale, who accompanied William Penn to America in 1684 3
  • Sir John Holdsworth Dimsdale (1901-1978), 3rd Baronet, English peer
  • Sir John Holdsworth Dimsdale (1874-1923), 2nd Baronet, English peer
  • Sir Joseph Cockfield Dimsdale PC, KCVO, Bt, (1849-1912), 1st Baronet, English politician, 573rd Lord Mayor of London (1901–1902) and Member of Parliament for the City of London (1900–1906)
  • Oliver Dimsdale (b. 1972), English actor, best known for his role as Louis Trevelyan in the BBC TV serial He Knew He Was Right
  • Robert Dimsdale (1828-1898), English Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Hertford (1866-1874)
  • Helen Easdale Dimsdale (1907-1977), English noted neurologist

The Dimsdale 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: Magnas Hippocrates; tu nobis major
Motto Translation: Great Hippocrates; Thou art greater than we.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 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)
  3. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook