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Origins Available: Dutch, Scottish


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The surname Dykes was first found in Holland, where the name became noted for its many branches in the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. The name was first recorded in Amsterdam, an ancient 13th century town held by the Lords of Amstel. Giesebrecht II built a castle there. Geisbrecht III built the dam to keep out the sea. It is first mentioned in charters of 1275 when Floris IV, the count of Holland granted its charter. It became a city of great mercantile wealth. It hold great treasures of art. In their later history the surname became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dicus, Dick, Diks, Dickek, Dickstein, Dicksthein, Dykenstein, Dyks and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dykes research. Another 252 words (18 lines of text) covering the year 1532 is included under the topic Early Dykes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dykes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Abigail Dykes, who came to Boston in 1637
  • Thomas Dykes, who landed in Maryland in 1658
  • Andrew Dykes, who settled in America in 1684

Dykes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • George Dykes, who came to America in 1833
  • John Dykes, aged 14, arrived in America in 1833
  • Francis Dykes, who settled in New York in 1840
  • E. F. M. Dykes, who arrived in San Francisco in 1852
  • Jas Wilson Dykes, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874


Dykes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James Dykes, a shoemaker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Samuel Dykes, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"

Dykes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Richard Dykes, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864

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  • W. W. Dykes, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1916
  • Mary H. Dykes, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 2008
  • Jimmy Dykes, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 6th District, 2000
  • James M. Dykes, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1948, 1952; Member of Georgia State Senate, 1950
  • E. B. Dykes, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from Dooly County, 1923-24
  • A. C. Dykes, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1940
  • Hart Lee Dykes (b. 1966), American former professional football wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots (1989-1990)
  • William Taylor "Spike" Dykes (b. 1938), American coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders football team (1987-1999), inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 2008
  • Mr. John Dykes, British Engine Room Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth Dykes, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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  • The Dykes Line of East Tennessee by John H. Dykes Jr..
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  7. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
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  9. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  10. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
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The Dykes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dykes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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