Dill Family History
Dill Name Meaning
German: from a pet form of the personal name Dietrich . German: metonymic occupational name for a sawyer from Middle High German dill(e) ‘(floor)board’. German: habitational name from Dill (Rhineland-Palatinate) or Dille (Lower Saxony North Rhine-Westphalia). English and German: possibly a nickname for a grower or seller of dill the umbelliferous plant Anethum graveolens an aromatic culinary and medicinal herb from Middle English dile (Old English dyle dile) Middle High German tille dille ‘dill’. English and Scottish: nickname for a dull or slow person from Middle English delle dil(le) dul(le) (Old English dol dylle) ‘dull foolish’. English: from a Middle English personal name Dille Delle Dulle (Old English Dulla Dylli or Dylla) evidenced in placenames like Dullingham (Cambridgeshire) Dillington (former Huntingdonshire) and Dilton (Wiltshire) all probably deriving from Old English dol dylle ‘dull’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022