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Subject: Re: Dillard not a real name?!?
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (guest, 66.37.230.52)
Date: June 25, 2005 at 10:09:08 AM
Reply to: Re: Dillard not a real name?!? by Miss Claire
Dillard is indeed originally a surname. It is quite common in parts of the state of Virginia. Unfortunately the only dictionary I have in my office that includes it is _The Encyclopedia of American Family Names_ by Robb and Chesler. That one is not the most reliable source for etymology; it claims it is a variation of the surname Dill, and Reaney & Wilson's _A Dictionary of English Surnames_ says that the origin of Dill as a surname is difficult to figure out; if may go back to an Old English given name, Dylla; it could be from a nickname, Dull (meaning unfortunately about the same thing that it would today); or it could be for someone who sold the spice Dill. But I think we need more evidence before assuming Dillard is really connected with Dill.

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