The origins of the Dires surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a deer, where in early times it was used as a term of endear
ment. The surname Dires originally derived from the Old English Dyri.
The name could also have been derived from the Old English word deag,
which meant "dye." As a surname, Dires was likely an occupational
name for a "dyer of cloth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
In ancient Latin documents, the trade and surname was listed as "tinctor" and has a French equivalent of Teinturier.
Early Origins of the Dires family
The surname Dires was first found in Oxfordshire
where one the first records of the family was John le Deyere who was listed in the Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273. There was quite a few early records of the family in Somerset
. Kirby's Quest of Somerset
listed: John Dyar; Richard le Dyghar; John le Dyghar, as all having lived there temp.
1 Edward III. Richard le Dyer, of Kiderminster was rector of Fincham, Norfolk
in 1333. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6) CITATION[CLOSE]
Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
In Scotland early records used the Latin form "tinctor." Henry tinctor was listed in Dumfriesshire, c. 1259 and Roger tinctor held land in Aberdeen in 1332. John Dyer called 'talp,' was admitted burgess of the same town in 1436. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Dires family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dires research.Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1273, 1260, 1333, 1382, 1543, 1607, 1596, 1685, 1680, 1682, 1699, 1757, 1611, 1660 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Dires History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dires Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dires has been recorded under many different variations, including Dyer, Dyers, Dyar, Dier, Dyars, Dieres, Dire, Dires and many more.
Early Notables of the Dires family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Edward Dyer (1543-1607) English poet in the court of Elizabethan I, he was knighted and made chancellor of the Order of the Garter in 1596; William Dyre (died 1685), Englishman who served as the 13th Mayor of New York City (1680 to... Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dires Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dires family to Ireland
Some of the Dires family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 31 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dires family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dires or a variant listed above: Abigail Dyer who settled in Nantasket, Massachusetts in 1630.
The Dires 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: Terrere nolo, timere nescio
Motto Translation: I wish not to intimidate, and know not how to fear.