Show ContentsDise History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dise is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dise family lived in Worcestershire. The family was originally from D'Assche, Normandy [1] or "from At Ash; from residence near an ash-tree." [2]

The initial "D" is a retention of the French prefix "de", meaning "of", indicating the local nature of the name. Other surnames that have been similarly derived are Nash, Tash and Daysh.

Early Origins of the Dise family

The surname Dise was first found in Worcestershire where Richard del Eshe was recorded in the Assize Rolls of 1221. Later, Ralph de Asche was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1296. Richard Dasche whose name was recorded in the "Calendar of Letter Books of the City of London" in 1301. [3]

Early History of the Dise family

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Dise Spelling Variations

Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Dash, Dashe, Daishe and others.

Early Notables of the Dise family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Dise family to Ireland

Some of the Dise family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 42 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dise migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Dise or a variant listed above:

Dise Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Peter Dise, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Peter Dise, aged 25, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741 [4]
  • Jacob Ludwig Dise, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 [4]


  1. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  4. 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)


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