Show ContentsDinner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dinner arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dinner family lived in Northumberland. The family are descended in England from the Norman House of Baron Foulke de Dinan, whose surname translates as from Dinan. The name Dinner derives from the abbreviated form Dinan.

Early Origins of the Dinner family

The surname Dinner was first found in Northumberland where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror, and were Companions in Arms to the Lords of Mitford and Bothal. Sir Alain Dinan was the scion of this family. In Brittany he was descended from Baron Foulke de Dinan, and the family still retained the Barony in Brittany from 1295 to 1509. The name in England became Dinner, Diner, and Dinar.

Early History of the Dinner family

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Dinner Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Dinan, Dinner, Diner, Dinar and others.

Early Notables of the Dinner family

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Ireland Migration of the Dinner family to Ireland

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United States Dinner migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dinner or a variant listed above:

Dinner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christiana, Frederick, Peter, and Juliana Dinner who, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1764
Dinner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dinner, who settled in Philadelphia in 1851
  • Herman Dinner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876 [1]

Australia Dinner migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dinner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Dinner, English convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dinner (post 1700) +

  • Michael Dinner, Swiss pop artist

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from on Facebook