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Origins of the Dixon surname

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What does the name Dixon mean?

The origin of the Dixon surname is English and has Anglo-Saxon roots, being found in records dating back from as early as the 1300s. It's a patronymic name coming from the son or descendant of Richard (of which 'Dick' is a diminutive). The surname Dixon is prevalent across Britain, but in Scotland is more often found with the spelling of 'Dickson', both variants being particularly common in the Scottish and English border region.

Alternative variations of the name Dixon

Dixon, Dickson, Dikson, Dyckson, Dicson

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Where do most Dixons live?

In 1921, most Dixons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Dixons

How common is your surname?

90th most common surname in the UK

We have 339,000 records for the Dixon surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Dixons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Dixon first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Dixons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Dixons in 1921


Domestic Servant


Cotton Weaver


General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Dixons in 1921
Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Coal Miner Hewer


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