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Early Origins of the Dinlay family

The surname Dinlay was first found in Northumberland at Dingley, a parish, in the union of Market-Harborough, hundred of Corby. Dingley Hall "occupies the site of a commandery of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, founded in the reign of Stephen." [1]

The Domesday Book of 1086 listed the place as Dinglei [2] and literally the place name means "woodland clearing with hollows," from the Old English word "leah" + the Middle English word "dingle." [3]

One of the first records of the name was found here when Alured de Dingelai was listed in the Feet of Fines of 1197. From this early entry, the family quickly moved throughout Britain as seen by Nicholas de Dyngele who was listed in the Assize Rolls of Lincolnshire in 1298, [4] and Roger de Dingeley who was listed in the Feet of Fines for Norfolk in 1330. [5]

Early History of the Dinlay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinlay research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1509, 1586, 1634, 1586, 1754, 1695, 1619 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Dinlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dinlay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dingley, Dingalai, Dingleigh, Dyngley, Dynley and many more.

Early Notables of the Dinlay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dinlay family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) on Facebook