Dingell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Dingell family took their surname from a place name. The roots of this place name lie with the ancient Viking settlers. The Dingell surname comes from someone having lived at Royal Burgh of Dingwall, in Ross-shire, Scotland. The place-name is derived from the Old English word dingle, which meant valley or hollow. This is a habitation surname, derived from an already existing place-name.

Early Origins of the Dingell family

The surname Dingell was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where John Yonger of Dyngvale witnessed a charter by William, Earl of Ross in 1342. Another charter by the same earl was witnessed by John called Yong and Thomas, his brother (c. 1350-72.) A few years later, William of Dyngwale was listed as dean of Aberdeen and Ross in 1389. Thomas of Dyngvale was listed as a canon in 1451. [1]

Early History of the Dingell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dingell research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1452, 140 and 1538 are included under the topic Early Dingell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dingell Spelling Variations

Spelling and translation were quite undeveloped in the Middle Ages. Consequently, the spelling of Scottish names was an inconsistent practice, usually governed by the unique ear of the scribe recording the name. Over the years, Dingell was spelled Dingwall, Dingwalls, Dingall, Dingell, Dingle, Dingill, Dingal, Dingel and many more.

Early Notables of the Dingell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dingell family

Opportunity and land greeted those who made it all the way. Some had the opportunity to solidify their new freedom by fighting in the American War of Independence, while others went or stayed north as United Empire Loyalists. Recently, the ancestors of those brave settlers have been able to recover much of their heritage through Clan societies and other patriotic organizations. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Dingell: Donald Dingwall who was banished to Barbados in the year 1745. He was later transferred to the mainland.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dingell (post 1700) +

  • John David Dingell Jr. (b. 1926), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1955-2003; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1956, 1960, 1968, 1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 [2]
  • John David Dingell (1894-1955), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Michigan 15th District, 1933-55; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1936, 1940, 1944, 1952 [2]
  • Deborah Insley Dingell, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Michigan, 1996; Member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 2004-08 [2]
  • Christopher D. Dingell, American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State Senate 7th District; Elected 1994, 1998; Circuit Judge in Michigan 3rd Circuit, 2003- [2]

The Dingell 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: Deo favente
Motto Translation: By the favour of God.

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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