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

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.


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.

First found in Leicestershire where 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]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dixie research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1798, 1524, 1594 and 1585 are included under the topic Early Dixie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 25 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dixie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dixie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Annie Dixie, aged 29, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Caucasian"


  • Sir Wolstan Dixie, who wrote "Is it true what they say about Dixie"
  • John Dixie, Director
  • Sir Frank Dixie, Geologist
  • Paul Dixie, Chairman of Lloyds of London


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.


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  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)

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. 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.
  4. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  11. ...

The Dixie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dixie 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.

This page was last modified on 21 September 2015 at 11:30.

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