Dyson Surname Genealogy

The Dyson suname seems to have been female in origin, a pet form of the
Greek personal name Dionysia
found in medieval times. It is one of those surnames where DNA
analysis suggests a single person origin of the name. After 23
Dyson volunteers were tested, it was found that 90% of them had the
same or closely related Y chromosomes.

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Dyson Ancestry

The Dyson name is believed to have started with John Dyson of Linthwaite, a man
on record in the court rolls of Wakefield manor in west Yorkshire from
1316. He in turn was the son of Dyonisia of Linthwaite, also
known as Dye of Linthwaite, a lady who was hauled before the manor
courts for stealing cattle in the late 13th century.

Linthwaite itself is a village some four miles west of Huddersfield in
the Colne valley. In the 1881 census the Dysons in
totalled 9,712. Of that number:

  • 80% were living in Yorkshire and the adjacent
    parts of Lancashire
  • and 25% still had their homes in Linthwaite and
    surrounding districts.

Betty Dyson married into the Mallinson family of Linthwaite in 1837 and
their son, Sir Dyson Mallinson, became a prominent millowner in
Huddersfield. More recently, Leslie Dyson played euphonium and
trombone with the Linthwaite brass band from the 1940’s to
1970’s. James Dyson runs a dyeworks in Linthwaite today.

Where the surname had extended outside the Huddersfield area was mainly
to nearby conurbations such as Halifax in Yorkshire and Rochdale across
Pennines in Lancashire:

  • Eli Dyson
    ran paper mills in
    Halifax in the mid 1700’s
  • Sir George Dyson, the musician and composer,
    was born in Halifax in 1883
  • and Sir
    Frank Dyson
    , the Astronomer
    grew up there
  • while James Dyson and his brother William from Oldham
    were 19th century tea
    dealers in Rochdale.

One Dyson line was to be found in Worcestershire, not Yorkshire.
Dysons in the county date back to Henry Dyson who married Elizabeth
Dethicke around 1506 and died at Inkberrow in 1548. The first of
a family line was John Dyson, born in 1726 at Stock and
Bradley in Worcestershire.

America. The Dysons in
America may have come from Thomas Dison, transported from England in
1652 to Norfolk, Virginia. The more likely progenitor is William
Dyson, thought to be from Worcestershire, who arrived in Maryland in
1679. Thomas Dyson was a tobacco planter in Charles county in
southern Maryland in the early 1700’s. Some descendants moved
south to Mississippi and Louisiana in the 1790’s. But Maryland is
still the state where most Dysons in America are to be found.

Australia. George Dyson
came out to Victoria in 1852 to
prospect in the Ballarat goldfields. He found little gold.
However, he and his wife Jane did produce three talented sons – Ted a
poet, Ambrose an artist, and Will a political cartoonist. Ross
McMullin’s 2006 biography of Will Dyson was entitled Australia’s Radical Genius.

In 1923 a young Laurie Dyson
left his home In Leeds for Australia to work as
a farm laborer in rural Vctoria. His employer passed away
in 1952 and he was able to buy his bus business. That business
consisted of four clapped out buses. But Dysons as a company was
underway. Nicholas Martin’s 2002 book Dysons – Moving with the Times
narrated the company story.

Dyson Miscellany

If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:

Dyson Names

John Dyson of Linthwaite in the West Ridings of Yorkshire is
believed to be the 14th century progenitor of those bearing the Dyson
Sir Frank Dyson was
Astonomer Royal and director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory from
1910 to 1933.
James Dyson was the British
of the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner.

Select Dysons Today

  • 13,000 in the UK (most numerous
    in Yorkshire)
  • 3,000 in America (most numerous in Maryland)
  • 6,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)




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