Origins Available: English, Welsh
England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dirt family lived in Devon, near the river Dart, from which the surname derives.
Early Origins of the Dirt family
Devon where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Dirt family
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Dirt Spelling Variations
hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Dirt are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dirt include Dart, Darte, Darth and others.
Early Notables of the Dirt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dirt family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Dirt, or a variant listed above: Ambrose Dart settled in Boston, Massachusetts about the year 1640; and Richard Dart settled in New London in the year 1664; Jane Dart settled in Bermuda in 1635.
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