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Early Origins of the Dinsdale family

The surname Dinsdale was first found in Durham at Low Dinsdale or Over Dinsdale, a parish, in the union of Darlington, S. W. division of Stockton ward. "A sulphureous well was discovered in [here] 1789, at the depth of seventy-two feet from the surface; it received the name of Dinsdale Spa, and has become a place of resort during the summer season." [1]

Early History of the Dinsdale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinsdale research. Another 82 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1712 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Dinsdale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dinsdale Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dimsdale, Dinsdale, Dimsdales, Dinsdales, Dinsdayle, Dimsdayle, Dinsdaile and many more.

Early Notables of the Dinsdale family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Dimsdale (1712-1800), 1st Baron Dimsdale, an eminent English physician, whose work on inoculation for small pox caught the...
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United States Dinsdale migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dinsdale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Dinsdale, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [2]
  • William Dinsdale, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1657 [2]
  • Robert Dinsdale who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682

Australia Dinsdale migration to Australia +

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

Dinsdale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Robert Dinsdale, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "David Lyon" on 29th April 1830, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. John Dinsdale, English convict who was convicted in Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Florentia" on 11th August 1830, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Thomas Dinsdale, aged 23, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [5]
  • Thomas Dinsdale, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849 [5]
  • Anthony Dinsdale, aged 38, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Nashwauk" [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dinsdale (post 1700) +

  • James Dinsdale, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Crawford County; Elected 1902 [7]
  • William Arthur "Billy" Dinsdale (1903-1984), English professional footballer
  • Reece Dinsdale (b. 1959), English British Soap Award nominated stage and television actor, best known for his roles in Coronation Street (1960), Threads (1984) and I.D. (1995)
  • Geoffrey Dinsdale (b. 1942), British bronze medalist slalom canoer at the 1963 World Championships
  • Richard Lewis "Dick" Dinsdale (1907-1995), British newspaper editor, Deputy Editor of the Daily Herald (1955–1961), Editor of The Sun (1965–1969)
  • George Dinsdale (1887-1943), English-born, Canadian politician in Manitoba
  • Walter Gilbert Dinsdale PC, DFC (1916-1982), Canadian politician from Brandon, Manitoba
  • Shirley Dinsdale Layburn (1926-1999), American Emmy Award winnig ventriloquist and television and radio personality

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Stanley Dinsdale (b. 1919), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [8]

The Dinsdale Motto +

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: Magnas Hippocrates; tu nobis major
Motto Translation: Great Hippocrates; Thou art greater than we.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 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)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 3rd June 2021). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th October 2022).
  5. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from
  6. South Australian Register Monday 14th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Nashwauk 1855. Retrieved
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from
  8. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook