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The Dinkins family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Dinkins is derived from the Gaelic personal name "Donnchad," which means "brown warrior". The personal name Donnchad is composed of two elements; "donn," which means "brown" and "cath," which means "warrior".

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The surname Dinkins was first found in Northumberland, where they held great estates but were a branch of the distinguished Scottish Clan of Duncan who were originally of Iona in the Hebrides, but changed their name and continued to use the basic Coat of Arms of the Duncan Clan.

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of Dinkins include Donkin, Downkin, Donking, Donken, Downken and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinkins research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinkins History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dinkins arrived in North America very early: Patrick Donkin arrived in Pennsylvania in 1820.

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  • Grace-Ann Dinkins (b. 1966), American Olympic-class track and field athlete
  • Byron Stewart Dinkins (b. 1967), retired American professional basketball player
  • Darnell Joseph Dinkins (b. 1977), American football tight end
  • David Norman Dinkins (b. 1927), former American politician
  • John Grier Dinkins (d. 1966), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1936; Member of South Carolina State Senate from Clarendon County, 1943-46
  • Harvey Dinkins, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956
  • E. D. Dinkins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Mississippi, 1924
  • David Norman Dinkins (b. 1927), American Democrat politician, Borough President of Manhattan, New York, 1986-89; Mayor of New York City, New York, 1990-93; Defeated, 1993; Presidential Elector for New York, 1992


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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: Disce pati
Motto Translation: Learn to suffer.

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  2. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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  5. 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).
  6. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Dinkins Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dinkins Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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