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This interesting name derives from "Dye", itself a pet form of the Medieval English female given name Dionisia, from the Greek Dionysia (feminine) or Dionysios (masculine) meaning "the Divine One of Nysa", (a holy mountain in modern Afghanistan). Dye (without surname) is first recorded in the 1301 "Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire". The surname from this source also appears in the early half of the 14th Century, (see below). Variant forms Dy and Dei are recorded in the 1379 "Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire".

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At the 1976 funeral of my grandfather Mauice White, I learned that he was assoicated with the Dye family in New York. I was a teenager then and did not get the full details. I know that my grandfather was given the adopted surname of White whereas I beleive his familial origins arises form the dye family. Maurice was put up for adoption by his father (a London Emigree) who was an Episcopalian priest in New York City. Please reach out to me if you are ale to see this connection.


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