There has been a lot of speculation on the nationality of the Dicus / Dycus family. Like all Americans our modern ethnicity is quite mixed. My particular modern branch of the Dicus family is composed of members being from almost every country in the world, Holland; England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales; France; Mexico; Japan; Germany; Czechlovakia; American Indian, and by the way I consider myself a native American since our family had been here since the 1600ís. We certainly are not natives of Europe; only our ethnicity is from European origins.
The earliest record of Dicus was found in the 1400ís in Holland. A family named Dykehuis meaning ďhouse on the dykeĒ. By the 1500ís the Dicus/Dycus family has migrated across Europe. Our particular family probably migrated to England, Scotland and Ireland to America. The first Dicas/Dicus/Dycus family settled in Maryland in the mid 1600ís. Branches of that family migrated to PA, OH, and west while another branch (mine at least migrated to North Carolina) First settling in what is now Rutherford Co., NC (Old Tyron Co). West & Southwest from there. Being some of the first settlers in the states of North & South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona & California.
Dallas, in 1981 my husband and I traveled to Scotland, where we spent several weeks crisscrossing the entire country of Scotland. We did not take a tour, we rented a car and drove North to South, East to West. There was very little of Scotland we didnít see. We stayed several days in the Castle Dornock. There I was fortunate to meet with the curator of the castle who told me fascinating stories of the Scottish Traders, whose ships sailed the frigid North Sea to Holland. On leaving Scotland the ships were heavy laden with goods, but emptied in Holland. On the trip home the ships would be too light and the crossing too dangerous without ballast. To solve that problem the Dutch people were offered free passage to Scotland on the returning ships. The people themselves would be the ballast needed to keep the ships afloat. The Curator laughing told me that was probably how our Dutch ancestors came to be in Scotland. He himself was of Dutch ancestry and that was how his family had arrived in Scotland, as were many other lowlanders now living in Scotland. Our Dicus Dutch family was not Highlanders, but Lowlanders, who lived in the Southern part of Scotland near the border with Wales & England.
I think you can safely say that your ethnicity is Scot-Irish-Dutch & English and your nationality is American. How many generations can you count from the 1600ís to the year 2001 ?? That is how many generations you are an American.
Nancy A. Dicus Beck
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