Dyke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Scottish name Dyke was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The original bearer of the name lived in Dutton, Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Dyke family

The surname Dyke was first found in Cumberland, where one reference claims "the name, originally 'Del Dykes,' is derived from the two lines of Roman wall in 'Burgh,' from whence the family at a remote period originated." [1]

Ramerus de Dikes, who lived before the reign of Henry II is the supposed ancestor of the family. The family held estates at Dovenby, in the parish of Bridekirk.

Early History of the Dyke family

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Dyke Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dyke, Dykes, Dike, Dikes and others.

Early Notables of the Dyke family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Sir Thomas Dyke (1619-1669), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1666; Sir Thomas Dyke, 1st Baronet (c. 1650-1706), an English politician, Member of Parliament for Sussex (1685-1689); Sir Thomas Dyke, 2nd Baronet (c. 1700-1756); Leonard Dykes, Sheriff of Cumberland. Daniel Dyke (d. 1614), was an English Puritan divine, born at...
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United States Dyke migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dyke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Dyke, aged 26, who landed in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Martha Dyke, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]

Australia Dyke migration to Australia +

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

Dyke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Samuel Dyke, English convict who was convicted in Warwick, Warwickshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • William Dyke, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840 [4]
  • Anne Dyke, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Mary Dyke, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Thomas Dyke, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849 [6]
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New Zealand Dyke 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:

Dyke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Dyke, British settler, from Shropshire travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [7]
  • Mrs. Hannah Dyke, British settler, from Shropshire travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Dyke, Jr., British settler, from Shropshire travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [7]
  • Miss Matilda Dyke, British settler, from Shropshire travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [7]
  • Miss Amelia Dyke, British settler, from Shropshire travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [7]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Dyke (post 1700) +

  • William D. Dyke (1930-2016), American lawyer, judge, and politician, two-term mayor of Madison, Wisconsin from 1969 to 1973
  • William D. Dyke (b. 1930), American politician
  • Woodbridge Strong Van Dyke (1887-1943), American movie director
  • Frank J. Van Dyke, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1929 [8]
  • Derek Van Dyke, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1948 [8]
  • Carl Chester Van Dyke (1881-1919), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota 4th District, 1915-19 [8]
  • Arthur A. Van Dyke, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at St. Paul, Minnesota, 1933-55 (acting, 1933-34) [8]
  • Arlington Van Dyke, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly 105th District, 1979-80 [8]
  • Alvin C. Van Dyke, American politician, Representative from Ohio 18th District, 1900 [8]
  • William D. Dyke, American Republican politician, Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1974 [9]
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  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LALA ROOKH 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840LallaRookh.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The TRAFALGAR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Trafalgar.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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