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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Dinwoodie, Dinwiddie, Dinswoodie, Dunwoodie, Dinwoody, Dinwiddy, Dinswoody, Dunwoody, Dinwoodey, Dinwiddey, Dunwordy, Dunswoodie, Dunswoody, Dunswoodey, Dimswoodie, Dimswoody, Dunswoddy, Dinswoddy, Dinswudy, Dimswudy, Dinwudy and many more.

First found in Dumfriesshire at Dinwoodie in the parish of Applegarth where one of the first records of the name was Sir Alan de Dunwidi was listed as seneschal (a royal officer in charge of justice) of Annandale in the first quarter of the thirteenth century. Adam de Dunwidie witnessed a claim of lands (c. 1194-1214.) Years later, Alan Dinwoodie rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinwiddie research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1200, 1194, 1639, 1770, 1751, 1758, 1753, 1754 and are included under the topic Early Dinwiddie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 385 words(28 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinwiddie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Dinwiddie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dinwiddie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Dinwiddie, who landed in Virginia in 1725

Dinwiddie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Willm Dinwiddie, aged 40, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Ann Dinwiddie, who arrived in Buffalo, NY in 1851
  • Robert Dinwiddie, who arrived in New York in 1855

Dinwiddie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Dinwiddie arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1875


  • Gene Dinwiddie (1936-2002), American blues saxophonist
  • Bill Dinwiddie, former American forward who played in the National Basketball Association
  • Traci Dinwiddie (b. 1973), American film and television actress
  • William Dinwiddie (1867-1934), American journalist, war photographer, writer and colonial administrator
  • Marcus William Dinwiddie (1907-1951), American silver medalist sport shooter at the 1924 Summer Olympics
  • Robert Dinwiddie (1693-1770), Scottish colonial administrator
  • Ryan Dinwiddie (b. 1980), professional Canadian football quarterback
  • Robert Dinwiddie (b. 1982), English professional golfer


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: Ubi Libertas Ibi Patrium
Motto Translation: Where liberty prevails there is my country.


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  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  3. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Dinwiddie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dinwiddie 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.

This page was last modified on 7 September 2014 at 12:15.

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