The ancestors of the Dycher surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in Ditchfield, a hamlet in the county of Lacashire. The local
name is derived from the Old English word dic
which means ditch
which literally means a field that had been cleared of trees. Therefore the surname Dycher denotes someone who lived by the field and the ditch.
Early Origins of the Dycher family
The surname Dycher was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dycher family
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Dycher Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dycher include Dichfield, Dickfield, Ditchfield and others.
Early Notables of the Dycher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dycher family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert Dichfield settled in Virginia in 1620; Joe Ditchfield settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Mathew Dichfield settled in Pennsylvania in 1873.