Last name origins & meanings:
- English: from Middle English diche, dike, Old
English dīc ‘dike’, ‘earthwork’, hence a metonymic
occupational name for a ditcher or a topographic name for someone who
lived by a ditch or dike. The medieval dike was larger and more
prominent than the modern ditch, and was usually constructed for
purposes of defense rather than drainage.
spelling of Dutch Dijk (see Dyck).
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