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Where did the Scottish Dinkins family come from? What is the Scottish Dinkins family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dinkins family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dinkins family history?

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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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.

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.


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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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More information is included under the topic Early Dinkins Notables 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


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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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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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