Distin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Distin family

The surname Distin was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat as Lords of the manor of Dissington in that shire. They are descended from Dica, and Dicatun which means "Dica's farm." Dissington Hall in North Dissington is a privately owned country mansion which for centuries has been in the hands of the Delaval family. One branch of the family was found at Ashington, again in Northumberland. "The persons who are first named in the records as connected with the property here, are the Morwicks, Lumleys, and Fitzhughs; the family of Essendon (the modern Ashington) are mentioned as lords of the manor at the close of the 13th century." [1]

Early History of the Distin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Distin research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1427, 1450, 1547, 1602, 1402, 1597 and 1547 are included under the topic Early Distin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Distin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dishington, Distin, Dissington, Eshington, Dyshington, Dissyngton and many more.

Early Notables of the Distin family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Thomas Dishington of Ardross who received a charter in 1402 from Robert III; John Dishington, one of the Gentleman...
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Distin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

New Zealand Distin migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Distin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Distin, (b. 1803), aged 38, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 27th October 1841 [2]
  • Mr. John S Distin, (b. 1828), aged 13, British settler travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 27th October 1841 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Distin (post 1700) +

  • William L. Distin, American Republican politician, Secretary of Alaska Territory, 1911 [3]
  • William L. Distin, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1888 [3]
  • Frank J. Distin, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Avon, 1916, 1932 [3]
  • Edmund Distin Maddick CBE (1857-1939), English surgeon, Admiral (Surgeon) of the Fleet; he rebuilt the Scala Theatre, London in 1905 and fitted it out for a Kinematograph, he was Intelligence Department's Director of Kinematography in World War I

The Distin 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: Unica spes mea Christus
Motto Translation: Christ is my only hope.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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