Dison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Dison family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Dison comes from the medieval personal name Dennis. Dison is a metronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. In this case, the surname comes from the first name of the mother, or of another female ancestor of the bearer. It was common for second sons to take the name of their mother as a surname in the Middle Ages. In general, where patronymic surnames were used, the first son adopted the given name of his father as a surname. This type of surname is the most common form of hereditary surname. The earliest origins of this family were found in the county of Worcestershire, where they had been settled prior to the Norman Conquest, in 1066.

Early Origins of the Dison family

The surname Dison was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Dison family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dison research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1387 is included under the topic Early Dison History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dison Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dison include Dyson, Dison, Disson, Dysson and others.

Early Notables of the Dison family (pre 1700)

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Dison migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dison or a variant listed above:

Dison Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Dison, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Thomas Dison, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
Dison Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Dison, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [1]
  • Philip Dison, who landed in Norfolk, Va in 1747 [1]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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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