Dymock History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Dymock was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Dymock family lived in Gloucestershire. The name is derived from the local of Dymock, a village in this county.

Dymock was the home of the Dymock poets (1911 to 1914) that included Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, and John Drinkwater. The homes of Robert Frost and Wilfrid Wilson Gibson can still be seen there today. It is thought that the family first lived at Knight's Green, an area just outside of the village of Dymock. A reference in 1848 listed the village as having 1776 inhabitants, but today there are fewer than 300. [1]

Early Origins of the Dymock family

The surname Dymock was first found in Gloucestershire where the village and parish of Dymock dates back to before the Norman Conquest. According to the Domesday Book, Dymock was held by King Edward at that time and was part of the Botloe hundred. It goes on to mention that King William held it in demesne for 4 years and after that, Earl William held it followed by his son Roger. It was sizable as there was land there for 41 ploughs and a priest held another 12 acres at the time. [2]

Today the village comprises over 7,000 acres. The name Dymock was possibly derived from the Celtic word "din" which meant "fort" [3]

Another reference claims that name was derived from the Saxon words "dim" for dark, + "ac" for oak, in other words "dark oak." [1] Remains can still be seen of an ancient hall in Howell, Lincolnshire, the seat of the Dymoke family at one time. [1]

One of the first on record was Roger Dymock ( fl. 1395), an early English theologian who studied at Oxford, and there proceeded to the degree of doctor in divinity. [4]

Sir John Dymoke (d. 1381), was the Kng's Champion, or Champion of England, "whose functions were confined to the performance of certain ceremonial duties at coronations, is stated to have been the son of John Dymoke, by his wife, Felicia Harevill. The family has been variously traced to the village of the name in Gloucestershire and to the Welsh borders near Herefordshire. The importance of Sir John and of his descendants was due to his marriage with Margaret (b. 1325), daughter of Thomas de Ludlow (b. 1300). " [4]

Early History of the Dymock family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dymock research. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1381, 1500, 1566, 1531, 1580, 1428, 1471, 1469, 1471 and 1546 are included under the topic Early Dymock History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dymock Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Dymock has been recorded under many different variations, including Dymoke, Dymock, Dimock, Dimoke and others.

Early Notables of the Dymock family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir John Dymoke (died 1381), held the manor of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire; Margaret Dymoke (ca.1500-?), of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire, lady-in-waiting at the court of Henry VIII of England; Sir Edward Dymoke, of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire (d. 1566), Hereditary King's Champion; Robert Dymoke, Dymock or Dymocke, of Scrivelsby, Lincolnshire (1531-1580), Queen's Champion of England; and Sir...
Another 60 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dymock Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dymock migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Dymocks were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Dymock Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Allice Dymock, who arrived in New England in 1662 [5]
Dymock Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Julia Dymock, aged 21, originally from London, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "State of Nebraska" from Glasgow via Moville [6]
Dymock Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Dobie H. Dymock, aged 37, originally from Glasgow, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Nieuw Amsterdam" from Plymouth [7]
  • John Stewart Dymock, aged 67, originally from Birmingham, England, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Caronia" from London, England [8]
  • Walter Dymock, aged 24, originally from Manila, P.I., who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [9]
  • James Dymock, aged 43, originally from Waddesdon, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dymock (post 1700) +

  • Vice Admiral Sir Anthony Knox Dymock KBE, CB, FRSA (b. 1949), senior British Royal Navy officer, Head of the British Defence Staff in Washington, D.C. (2002–2005), UK Military Representative to NATO (2006–2008)
  • Geoffrey Dymock (b. 1945), former Australian and Queensland cricketer
  • Jim Dymock (b. 1972), Australian former professional rugby league international player
  • William Dymock, Australian founder of Dymocks Booksellers, a privately owned bookstore chain in 1879, now with 65 stores in Australia, and several in Hong Kong


The Dymock Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Pro Rege et lege Dimico
Motto Translation: Fight for King and Law.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6BB-646 : 6 December 2014), Julia Dymock, 12 Jan 1893; citing departure port Glasgow via Moville, arrival port New York, ship name State of Nebraska, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J67B-8MJ : 6 December 2014), John Dobie H. Dymock, 19 Jun 1919; citing departure port Plymouth, arrival port New York, ship name Nieuw Amsterdam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64C-SWG : 6 December 2014), John Stewart Dymock, 24 Sep 1919; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6H5-DPY : 6 December 2014), Walter Dymock, 13 Mar 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J663-M2W : 6 December 2014), James Dymock, 28 Jul 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Olympic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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