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Where did the English Ditcher family come from? What is the English Ditcher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ditcher family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ditcher family history?

The name Ditcher finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons of England. It was given to one who worked as a worker who was a dike or ditch maker.

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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. Ditcher has been recorded under many different variations, including Dicker, Decker, Deeker, Dyker, Dikkers, Ditcher and others.

First found in East Sussex and either Upper Dicker or Lower Dicker, villages that date back to 1229 where they were listed as Diker. The place name is derived from the Middle English word "dyker" which means "ten" as in a plot of land for which ten iron rods were paid in rent. [1]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ditcher research. Another 515 words(37 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1066, 1296, 1327, 1327, 1327 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Ditcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Ditcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Ditcher or a variant listed above:

Ditcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Ditcher, who arrived in Maryland in 1661

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

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  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
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  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Ditcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ditcher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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