Dashiell
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Dashiell originates from, de Cheil, an old French surname. In Lucenay, France, there is a Rue de Chiel, Domaine de Chiel and a Chateau de Chiel. It is an old family name. In the U.S., there are a lot of people with the Dashiell surname in Maryland, which is where Samuel Dashiell Hammett, the writer, was born.
-- nylonthread  5/18/2006
Well, Dashiell is my last name, not first... but all of my family pronounces it Da-SHEEL, which to me feels right based on what we believe to be its origins.

To my knowledge, the Dashiell name originated in/near Lyon, France. They were French Huguenots who fled after the St Bartholomew's Day Massacre in the 1570s. The name likely started out de Ciel... or de Chiell.. then changed to Da Chiell, to Da Shiell, to Dashiell as the generations moved from France to Scotland, to England, to Virginia, to Maryland, and then somewhat spread across the US.

Anyway, that is what I have been taught! Hope it's helpful to someone.
-- dashiell7  1/5/2017

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