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Dick Surname Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Dick also found as Dike and Deke pet forms of Rick (see Richard ). Although found in every part of Britain the form Dick is especially common in Scotland and it was from there in the 17th century that the surname was taken to northern Ireland and thence to North America. English: variant of Dyke . German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from Middle High German dic(ke) ‘thick strong stout’ or in the case of the Jewish name from German dick or Yiddish dik ‘fat’. German: topographic name for someone who lived by a thicket or patch of thick undergrowth from Middle High German dicke a special use of dic(ke) ‘thick’. North German: from a pet form of the personal name Dietrich . Flemish and Dutch: either from a pet form of the personal name Diederik (a cognate of German Dietrich ; compare 5 above) or a nickname for a corpulent person from Middle Dutch dick ‘fat’ (compare 3 above). In North America this surname is also an altered form of the much more common Dutch variant Dik.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Mick, Duck, Bick, Pick, Wick, Hick, Deck, Dicke, Eick, Dieck

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You can see how Dick families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dick family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dick families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 361 Dick families living in Ontario. This was about 30% of all the recorded Dick's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dick families in 1911.
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What did your Dick ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Dick. 33% of Dick men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Dick women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dick were Laborer and Income. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    33%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Fisherman
    6%
  • Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    19%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Income
    7%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 73,000 military records available for the last name Dick. For the veterans among your Dick ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dick lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dick life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dick in 1942 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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