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The name Dyke is generally thought to be derived from an old Frisian-Lower Saxon personal name, Deiko. It is also likely that versions of this name evolved from the German word "Dyke," in which case the name was most likely occupational for someone who built or operated Dikes.

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The surname Dyke was first found in Saxony, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dickenhausen, Dickenhaussen, Dikenhausen, Dicenhausen, Dickenhhausen, Dickenhausenn and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dyke research. Another 160 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dyke History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dyke Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Francis Dyke, aged 26, landed in New York in 1854
  • Martha Dyke, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1854

Dyke Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Dyke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840
  • Anne Dyke, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Mary Dyke, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas Dyke arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1849
  • Thomas William Dyke, aged 32, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
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Dyke Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Dyke, aged 21, a bricklayer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
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  • William D. Dyke (1930-2016), American lawyer, judge, and politician, two-term mayor of Madison, Wisconsin from 1969 to 1973
  • William D. Dyke, American Republican politician, Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1974
  • William Dyke, American politician, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, 1969-73
  • Charles E. Dyke, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1860, 1868, 1884; Member of Democratic National Committee from Florida, 1876
  • William D. Dyke (b. 1930), American politician
  • Frank J. Van Dyke, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Clinton County, 1929
  • Derek Van Dyke, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Arizona, 1948
  • Carl Chester Van Dyke (1881-1919), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Minnesota 4th District, 1915-19
  • Arthur A. Van Dyke, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at St. Paul, Minnesota, 1933-55 (acting, 1933-34)
  • Arlington Van Dyke, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly 105th District, 1979-80
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
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