Dyce History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dyce family

The surname Dyce was first found in Norfolk, at Diss, a market-town and parish, in the union of Depwade, hundred of Diss. [1] [2]

"Formerly, Disce or Dice, was held in royal demesne in the reign of Henry I., and in that of Edward I. became the property of Robert Fitzwalter, who obtained for it the privilege of a market." [3]

The "History of Norfolk" has three early records for the family: William de Diss, rector of Denton, Norfolk in 1317; Richard de Dysse, rector of Chatgrave in 1350; and Thomas Dysse, vicar of Necton, Norfolk in 1546.

But the earliest record of the family was found in Essex, where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William de Disse, as holding lands there at that time. [4] Richard Dyse held estates in Suffolk in 1327. [5]

The parish dates back to at least the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was first listed as Dice and at that time and for years later, it was part of Suffolk. Literally the place name means "place at the ditch or dike," from the Anglo-Saxon word "dic." [6]

Further to the north in Scotland, the name was derived from "an old burgess family of Aberdeenshire who derived their name from the lands of Dyce in the parish of the same name. The first of the name recorded appears to have been John de Diss who was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1467. " [7]

Important Dates for the Dyce family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dyce research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1663, 1473 and 1482 are included under the topic Early Dyce History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dyce Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dicer, Dyser, Dice, Dyse, Dyce, Dycer and others.

Early Notables of the Dyce family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Dyce family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

Contemporary Notables of the name Dyce (post 1700)

  • W. L. Dyce, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from South Dakota, 1928 [8]
  • Joanna Dyce, Actress
  • William Dyce (1806-1864), Scottish historical and religious painter
  • Alexander Dyce (1798-1869), Scottish critic

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  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  6. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  7. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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