Select 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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England.  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 Britain 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 the 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 Royal, 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. 

AustraliaGeorge 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 then 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.

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