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The Strongbownians added their own naming traditions to the eastern region of Ireland to which they arrived. The impact of this new tradition was not extremely disruptive to the pre-existing Irish tradition because the two had many similarities. Both cultures made significant use of hereditary surnames. And like the Irish, the Strongbownians often used prefixes to build patronymic surnames, which are names based on the given name of the initial bearer's father or another older relative. Strongbow's followers often created names that were built with the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. They also used diminutive suffixes such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el, and occasionally even two suffixes combined to form a double diminutive such as -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in, to build patronymic names. The surname Dolphin is derived from the Old Norse personal names Dufan and Dólgfinnr. Many Scandinavian personal names were left in the British Isles as a legacy of the Viking raids which plagued the coastal regions of Britain from the 8th to 10th centuries, and many of these eventually became surnames. In Gaelic, the name was Doilfin.

Dolphin Early Origins



The surname Dolphin was first found in Cumberland at Dovenby, a township, in the parish of Bridekirk, union of Cockermouth, Allerdale ward below Derwent. "This place was called also Dolphinsby, from Dolphin, son of Alward, whose descendants were seated here till the reign of Henry III." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Dolphin Spelling Variations


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Dolphin Spelling Variations



It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Dolphin that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations. The name Dolphin has existed in the various shapes: Dolphin, Dolfin, Dalphin, Daulphin, Daulphine, Dolphine, Dolfine and many more.

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Dolphin Early History


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Dolphin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dolphin research. Another 401 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1068, 1193 and 1606 are included under the topic Early Dolphin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dolphin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dolphin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dolphin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Dolphin:

Dolphin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Dolphin settled in Virginia in 1618
  • Christopher Dolphin, who arrived in Maryland in 1657

Dolphin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Frances Dolphin, aged 20, who settled in America, in 1895

Dolphin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward Francis Dolphin, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Douglas Dolphin, aged 1, who emigrated to America from London, in 1904
  • Alice Dolphin, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
  • Annie Dolphin, aged 19, who settled in America from Dromore, Ireland, in 1914
  • Herbert J. Dolphin, aged 19, who emigrated to the United States, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dolphin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Charles Dolphin, aged 26, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1914

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dolphin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dolphin (post 1700)



  • Frank Dolphin, Irish businessman, founder of RigneyDolphin Ltd, former chairman of Children's University Hospital, Temple Street
  • John Robert Vernon Dolphin CBE (1905-1973), British engineer and inventor, Commanding Officer of the top secret Second World War Special Operations Executive (SOE)
  • James "Fish" Dolphin (b. 1983), New Zealand sprinter at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
  • David H. Dolphin OC, FRS, FRSC (b. 1940), Canadian biochemist
  • Bill Dolphin (b. 1881), Australian rules footballer
  • Arthur Dolphin (1885-1942), English first-class cricketer
  • Albert George Dolphin GC (d. 1940), posthumously awarded the George Cross for the heroism he displayed on the September 7, 1940
  • Rear Admiral George VM Dolphin,

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Dolphin Historic Events


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Dolphin Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Leonard Stanley Dolphin, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Avis Gertrude Dolphin, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 17

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Motto


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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: Firmum in vita nihil
Motto Translation: Nothing in life is permanent.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  11. ...

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