Dugdill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestry of the name Dugdill dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in either the settlement of Dug Dale, which is found in Warter in the East Riding of Yorkshire, or the place called Dugdales in Great Mitton, which is in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Dugdill belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Dugdill family

The surname Dugdill was first found in Yorkshire. However, another branch of the family was found in the parish of Shustock in Warwickshire. "Blyth Hall was the residence of the celebrated antiquary, Sir William Dugdale, who purchased that manor of Sir Walter Ashton, in the 1st of Charles I., and here compiled The Antiquities of Warwickshire; he died on the 10th of February, 1685, and was buried in the parish church." [1]

Early History of the Dugdill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dugdill research. Another 53 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1686, 1628, 1700, 1640, 1683, 1697 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Dugdill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dugdill 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 Dugdill have been found, including Dugdale, Dugdall, Dugdill, Dugdell, Dougdall and many more.

Early Notables of the Dugdill family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Dugdale (1605-1686), noted historian, who published the notable work on the history on the monasteries of England; and his son John Dugdale (1628-1700), Garter King of Arms, herald in the College of Arms; and Stephen Dugdale (1640?-1683), an English informer who...
Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dugdill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dugdill migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dugdill, or a variant listed above:

Dugdill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Dugdill, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860


The Dugdill 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: Pestes patria pigrities
Motto Translation: Sloth is the plague of one's country.


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


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