Show ContentsDixie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The rich and ancient history of the Dixie family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from the German derivative of Dix where it was the short form for Benedikt.

Early Origins of the Dixie family

The surname Dixie was first found in Leicestershire where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Ellandune (now called Wilton.) [1]

Early rolls list: Robert Dysci in the Feet of Fines of Huntingdonshire; and Alice Dixi in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273-1279 list the following entries in Cambridgeshire; Laurence Dixi; Sabina Dixi; and Adam Disce. The same rolls also list Hugo Discey and Robert Discy in Huntingdonshire. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls also list Robert Discy. [3]

Early History of the Dixie family

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Dixie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dixie have been found, including Dixie, Dicksey, Dicksy, Dixy and others.

Early Notables of the Dixie family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Sir Wolstan Dixie, (1524-1594), merchant and administrator, Lord Mayor of London in 1585...
  • Dixie was buried in the parish church of St...

Australia Dixie migration to Australia +

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

Dixie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Annie Dixie, aged 29, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian" [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dixie (post 1700) +

  • George C. Dixie, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [5]
  • Sir Frank Dixie, British Geologist
  • John Dixie, Director
  • Paul Dixie, Chairman of Lloyds of London
  • Louisa Dixie Durrell (1886-1964), born Louisa Florence Dixie, the mother of novelist Lawrence Durrell and naturalist Gerald Durrell
  • Dixie L. Swift, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1980
  • Dixie Newton Sansom (b. 1948), American Republican politician, Newspaper reporter; Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1984-92; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Florida, 1988
  • Dixie Love, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1984 [6]
  • Dixie Carlson, American Republican politician, Chair of Crittenden County Republican Party, 2003; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arkansas, 2008 [7]
  • Dixie Annie Haygood (1861-1915), née Jarrett, also known as Annie Abbott, an American stage magician

The Dixie 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: Quod Dixi Dixi
Motto Translation: What I have said, I have said.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. South Australian Register Tuesday 26 April 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Caucasian 1853. Retrieved
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from
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  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from on Facebook