Ditchy is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Ditchfield, a hamlet in the county of Lacashire. The local
name is derived from the Old English word dic
which means ditch
which literally means a field that had been cleared of trees. Therefore the surname Ditchy denotes someone who lived by the field and the ditch.
Early Origins of the Ditchy family
The surname Ditchy was first found in Lancashire
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.
Early History of the Ditchy family
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Ditchy Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Ditchy family name include Dichfield, Dickfield, Ditchfield and others.
Early Notables of the Ditchy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Ditchy family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Ditchy surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Robert Dichfield settled in Virginia in 1620; Joe Ditchfield settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Mathew Dichfield settled in Pennsylvania in 1873.