This surname is a pet-form of the personal name Richard, a compound of the Germanic elements "ric" meaning power plus "hard", meaning hardy, brave or strong. The name Richard was popularised in England by the Normans. The surnames Dick and Dickie which is its diminutive form are both particularly associated with Scotland. The forms Dickie and Dicky are also found in Northern Ireland. The surname Dickie had already emerged in Scotland by the early 16th Century (see below). One David Dickie was burgess of Montrose in 1627. On August 6th 1667 James Dickie married Janet Campbell at Edinburgh. A famous Dickie was George Dickie who is mentioned in the Dictionary of National Biography. He was a botanist and published work on the flowers of East Scotland. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Dikky, which was dated 1504, The Book of Protocols, during the reign of King James 1V of Scotland, 1488 - 1513. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Dickie — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: John Dickie (Brüderbewegung) (1823–1891), britischer Geistlicher John Purcell Dickie (1874–?), britischer Politiker (Liberal Party) John Dickie (Sänger) (1953–2010), österreichischer Sänger John Dickie… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • dickie — n. 1. A small 3rd seat in the back of an old fashioned 2 seat car. [British English] Syn: dickey, dicky, dickey seat, dickie seat, dicky seat, dickey box. [WordNet 1.5] 2. An article of clothing worn by men, consisting of a detachable insert… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dickie — m English: pet form of DICK (SEE Dick), with the originally Scottish and northern English hypocoristic suffix ie. This has more or less completely replaced the medieval diminutive Dickon, with the Old French suffix on …   First names dictionary

  • dickie — Dickey Dick ey, Dicky Dick y, n. 1. 1. A false detachable shirt front or bosom. [Also spelled {dickie}.] [1913 Webster] 2. A gentleman s shirt collar. [Local, U. S.] [1913 Webster] 3. A hat; esp., in U. S., a stiff hat or derby; in Eng., a straw… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dickie — Haddock Had dock ( d[u^]k), n. [OE. hadok, haddok, of unknown origin; cf. Ir. codog, Gael. adag, F. hadot.] (Zo[ o]l.) A marine food fish ({Melanogrammus [ae]glefinus}), allied to the cod, inhabiting the northern coasts of Europe and America. It… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dickie — /ˈdɪki/ (say dikee) noun 1. Also, dickie bird. Colloquial (with children) the penis. 2. → dicky1 …   Australian English dictionary

  • dickie — noun 1. a small third seat in the back of an old fashioned two seater • Syn: ↑dickey, ↑dicky, ↑dickey seat, ↑dickie seat, ↑dicky seat • Regions: ↑United Kingdom, ↑UK, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dickie — noun see dickey …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Dickie — noun A diminutive of Dick, a short form of the male given name Richard …   Wiktionary

  • dickie — noun A false shirt front sometimes worn with a tuxedo …   Wiktionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.