Dye History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dye family

The surname Dye was first found in Yorkshire where the first entry for the family was the singular Dye (with no forename) in the Subsidy Rolls of 1301. In 1316, we found another entry, but this time it was for Walter Dye in Wakefield, but we have no way of knowing if this is the same person. [1]

"The Norfolk family of Dye may find an explanation of its name in the existence during the reign of Charles I. of Mr. D'Eye of Eye in Suffolk. The ancient family of D'Eye of Scoulton, Norfolk, claimed a descent of 300 years. Deye was once a common old Norfolk name, but it is now scarce. We find the name of Dye in Buckinghamshire in the time of Edward I. " [2]

Again in Yorkshire, we found two later entries for the family: Robertus Dy; and Willelmus Dei. Both were listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Dye family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dye research. Another 78 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455 and 1487 are included under the topic Early Dye History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dye Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dye, Tie, Dy, Dei and others.

Early Notables of the Dye family (pre 1700)

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United States Dye migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dye Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Dye, aged 20, who landed in Barbados in 1635 [4]
  • Robert Dye, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • Robert Dye, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [4]
  • John Dye, who arrived in Virginia in 1655 [4]
  • Martin Dye, who landed in Maryland in 1667 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dye Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Henry Dye who settled in Maryland in 1729
Dye Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Dye, who landed in New York in 1844 [4]
  • C J Dye, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • D Clarkson Dye, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Bennett Dye who arrived in Indiana in 1852
  • Frederick Dye who arrived in Michigan in 1890

Australia Dye migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Dye, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Blundell"

New Zealand Dye migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dye Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Dye, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Eleanor Dye, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • Francis Dye, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1860
  • William A. Dye, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874
  • Arthur Dye, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oxford" in 1874

Contemporary Notables of the name Dye (post 1700) +

  • Patrick Fain "Pay" Dye (1939-2020), American football player, coach, and college athletics administrator, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2005
  • Brad Dye (1933-2018), American Democratic Party politician, 27th Lieutenant Governor of Mississippi (1980-1992), 47th State Treasurer of Mississippi (1972-1976) [5]
  • Nancy Schrom Dye (1947-2015), American historian and college academic, 13th President of Oberlin College (1994-2007)
  • Dale Adam Dye (b. 1944), American actor, presenter, businessman, and retired U.S. Marine Captain
  • Howard Spencer Dye (b. 1920), American economist and educator
  • Marvin Rood Dye (1895-1997), American lawyer and politician
  • Eva Emery Dye (1855-1947), American writer, historian, and prominent member of the Women's Suffrage movement
  • C. O. Dye, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Ohio State House of Representatives from Noble County, 1897 [5]
  • Barbara Dye, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 2000 [5]
  • Amos Dye, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from West Virginia, 1880 [5]
  • ... (Another 27 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Dye +

  • 1155 "A Partial History of Certain Mastin-Rathbun-Dye Families" by Victor E. Mastin, "The K.A.R.D. Files-Dye Data" by John and Judy Dye.

  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  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)
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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