The surname Dyess was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1301 when Walter Dye held estates near Wakefield.
Important Dates for the Dyess family
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Migration of the Dyess family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ann Dye who settled in Barbados in 1689; David Dye who settled in Barbados in 1696; Henry Dye who settled in Maryland in 1729; Bennett Dye who arrived in Indiana in 1852.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dyess (post 1700)
William Jennings Dyess (1929-1996), American diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs (1980 to 1981), United States Ambassador to the Netherlands (1982 to 1983)
Bernice G. "B.G." Dyess (1922-2013), American Southern Baptist minister and politician, Louisiana State Senator from District 29 (Rapides Parish) (1996-2000)
William Jennings Dyess (1929-1996), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Netherlands, 1981-83 
Landi Dyess, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana 2nd District, 1986 
Lieutenant Colonel Aquilla James "Jimmie" Dyess (1909-1944), United States Marine Corps officer, posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor, eponym of the USS Dyess (DD/DDR-880), a Gearing-class destroyer