Dix History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the name Dix are found among the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name comes from son of Dick which is a derivative of the personal name Richard.

Early Origins of the Dix family

The surname Dix was first found in Kirkcudbrightshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Chille Chuithbheirt), part of the present day Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, former county in Southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat from early times. They were descended from the ancient Pictish Clan Keith, and the first Dickson was son of Richard Keith, son of the great Marischal of Scotland, who died in 1249, and Margaret daughter of the third Lord Douglas. Hence the Clan has always claimed to be followers of the Douglas Clan.

Early History of the Dix family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dix research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1307, 1471, 1479, 1702, 1695, 1583, 1663, 1583, 1715, 1698, 1688, 1635, 1638, 1680, 1729, 1660, 1630, 1666, 1797 and are included under the topic Early Dix History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dix Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Dix has been written Dixon, Dickson, Dixoun, Dikson, Dyxson, Dyckson, Dicksoun, Dicson and many more.

Early Notables of the Dix family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was David Dickson or Dick (1583-1663), Scottish theologian, born in Glasgow. He "was the only son of John Dick or Dickson, a wealthy merchant in the Trongate of Glasgow, whose father was an old feuar of some lands called the Kirk of Muir, in the parish of St. Ninians, Stirlingshire. He was born in Glasgow about 1583, and educated at the university, where he graduated M.A., and was appointed one of the regents or professors of philosophy." [1] John Dixon (d. 1715), was an English miniature...
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Ireland Migration of the Dix family to Ireland

Some of the Dix family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Dix migration to the United States +

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Dix:

Dix Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anthony Dix, who landed in Massachusetts in 1623 [2]
  • Hen Dix, who landed in Virginia in 1633 [2]
  • Edward Dix, who arrived in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1635 [2]
  • Margaret Dix, aged 18, who landed in America in 1635 [2]
  • Samuel] Dix, aged 43, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dix Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Dix, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [2]
  • Samuel Dix, who arrived in New England in 1730 [2]
Dix Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dix, who arrived in Alexandria, Va in 1810 [2]
  • Wilhelm Dix, who landed in North America in 1855 [2]
  • J E Dix, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [2]
  • Joh Wilhelm Dix, who arrived in North America in 1855 [2]
  • Johann Nikolaus Dix, who landed in North America in 1855 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dix Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest Dix, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [2]

Australia Dix migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dix Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Dix, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. William Dix, British convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • James Dix, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [5]
  • Sarah Dix, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [5]
  • Lydia Dix, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dix (post 1700) +

  • Teresa Dix, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 2008 [6]
  • Roscoe D. Dix (1839-1912), American Republican politician, Michigan State Auditor General, 1897-1900 [6]
  • Raymond H. Dix, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 4th District, 1950 [6]
  • John W. Dix, American politician, Representative from Pennsylvania at-large, 1918; Single Tax Candidate for Governor of Pennsylvania, 1922 [6]
  • John Adams Dix (1798-1879), American Democrat politician, Secretary of State of New York, 1833-39; U.S. Senator from New York, 1845-49; U.S. Minister to France, 1866-69; Governor of New York, 1873-75; Defeated, 1848, 1874 [6]
  • John Alden Dix (1860-1928), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1908; New York Democratic State Chair, 1910; Governor of New York, 1911-12 [6]
  • John Dix, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Corpus Christi, Texas, 1869-70 [6]
  • Isaac A. Dix, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Nicholas County, 1903-04 [6]
  • Harry Dix, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1956 [6]
  • George A. Dix (1885-1959), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1940 [6]
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Gordon Kenneth Dix (1919-1941), Australian Acting Leading Stoker from West Pert, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [7]
Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)
  • Peter Thomas Stanley Dix (1953-1988), Irish Management Consultant from London, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [8]


The Dix 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: Fortes Fortuna Juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the Bold.


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRLIE/FAIRLEE 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Fairlie.htm
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  8. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html


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