Diack Surname Meaning, History & Origin

Select Diack Meaning
Fraser Black wrote in
his 1946 book The Surnames of Scotland:

surname Diack
appeared for the first time in Aberdeenshire around the close of the
17th century,
principally about the parish of Logie-Durno.  A tradition among
of the
name is that the family came from Denmark.
Diack is said to have been the Aberdeenshire form of Dick.” 

Diack is also a West African surname, with much
larger numbers.  Its meaning there is

Diack Resources on

Diack Ancestry

Diack surname has come from a specific
location in Aberdeenshire, the parish of Chapel of Garioch (formerly
located six miles northwest of Inverurie.
Three Diack families – those of John, Alexander and James Diack
– were
listed there in the 1696 poll.

The birth of Patrick Diack was recorded at the Chapel
of Garioch in 1769, followed by the birth of eight more Diacks there in
next fifty years.  Other Diacks were born
at Rayne a few miles to the north and some further away near Fyvie.  James
Diack, born around 1780, was a farmer who died at New Pitsligo near
in 1844.  There were 180 Diacks listed in Aberdeenshire in the
1891 census. 

Zealand.  Some Diacks emigrated, mainly to the South Island of
New Zealand.  Early Diacks there were:

  • James
    Diack who married
    Eliza Geddes in Dunedin in 1868
  • Alexander
    Diack who arrived in Southland with
    his wife Mary around 1875
  • and
    Francis Diack who married Susan Sherlock in
    Invercargill in 1881.

son William died of fatal injuries in 1935.  As
the Otago
Evening Post

Diack, aged
54, a farmer of Glenham, died in Southland hospital as the result of
injuries received when a dray fell on him.
He was driving the dray through a gate when a wheel caught in a
The dray capsized over a steep embankment, pinning Mr. Diack

South Africa. 
Diack name also extended
to South Africa, or more specifically to Johannesburg.
The rugby player Robbie Diack was born
there; while James Diack runs the Coobs
restaurant based on produce from his family farm in the Magalies

West Africa.  The surname Diack in
Senegal means “sword” in
the local language.  This name is also
found in Mauritania; while it is spelt “Jack” in the Gambia.  Prominent Senegalese Diacks have been:

  • Abdoulaye
    Diack from Kaolack, leader of the Senegalese
    Party (SDS) who died in 2009.
  • and
    Lamine Diack from Dakar, the President of the
    International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) from 1999 to

Diack Names

  • Sir Alexander Diack was the senior financial commissioner for the Punjab in the early 1900’s. 
  • Lamine Diack from Senegal was the President of the IAAF from 1999 to 2015 who came under investigation due to bribery allegations.

Select Diack Numbers Today

  • 500 in the UK (most numerous
    in Aberdeenshire)
  • 400 elsewhere (most numerous in New Zealand)



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