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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. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  4. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  9. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  11. ...

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.

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