Dinh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Dinh is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Dinham, a hamlet in the county Monmouthshire. [1]

Early Origins of the Dinh family

The surname Dinh was first found in Monmouthshire. However, another source points to Devon and Cornwall as the origin of the family. In this case, Barons Dinham, and De Dinant, claim descent from the Viscounts Dinant of Bretagne, France. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 has two listings in Devon: Oliver de Dynham; and Robert de Dyncham as both holding lands there at that time. [1]

The manor of Bodarle or Bodardle, in the parish of Lanlivery, Cornwall belonged in the reign of Richard I. In 1259, it was conveyed by Isolda de Cardinham to Oliver de Dinan, in whose posterity it continued for several generations. [3]

Early History of the Dinh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinh research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1320, 1433, 1501, 1460 and 1486 are included under the topic Early Dinh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dinh Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dinh has been spelled many different ways, including Dynham, Dinan, Dinham, Dinat, Dyneham and others.

Early Notables of the Dinh family (pre 1700)

Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dinh family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dinhs to arrive in North America: Thomas Dinham, who came to Virginia in 1731; George Dinham, who arrived in New England in 1763; as well as Daniel, James, Michael, and Thomas Dinan, who all settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860..


Contemporary Notables of the name Dinh (post 1700) +

  • Dinh K. Le, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1996, 2000 [4]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 28) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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