This unusual name is the diminutive variant of "Dye" which is in turn the pet form of the medieval given name, "Dionisia", this name is the female version of "Dionysius", who was the Greek God of wine, also known as "a judge of men". The diminutive suffix "ett" is a variant of the Old French word for small, "Petit". The name "Dye" is found most frequently in Norfolk, but is also found in Yorkshire. Ann Dyet and Thomas Scott were married on July 30th 1568 at East Rudham in Norfolk and Ann Dyett was christened on July 9th 1784 at Bolton in Yorkshire. The dedicated Soldier William Dyott (1761 - 1847) commanded the 23rd Regiment in the capture of Grenada in 1796 and was appointed Aide-de-Camp to George 111, in 1801. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Dyot, which was dated 1348, in the "Subsidy Rolls of London", during the reign of King Edward 111, known as "The Father of the Navy", 1327 - 1377. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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