Historiography

The Dull Coat of Arms illustrated left was drawn by an heraldic artist from information officially recorded in ancient heraldic archives. Documentation for the Dull Coat of Arms design can be found in Rietstap Armorial General. Heraldic artists of old developed their own unique language to describe an individual Coat of Arms. In their language, the Arms (shield) is as follows:

"D'or a un arbre terrasse de sin."
When translated the Arms description is:
"Gold, a tree on green grass."

Family mottos are believed to have originated as battle cries in medieval times. A Motto was not recorded with the Dull Coat of Arms.

Individual surnames originated for the purpose of more specific identification. The four primary sources for second names were: occupation, location, father's name and personal characteristics. The surname Dull appears to be locational in origin, and is believed to be associated with the Scot's, meaning, "one who came from, or lived near Dull (a plain)." The supplementary sheet included with this report is designed to give you more information to further your understanding of the origin of names. Different spellings of the same original surnames are a common occurrence. Dictionaries of surnames indicate probable spelling variations. The most prominent variations of Dull are Dulle, Dulles, Dully, Dulleys, Dule and Dulls.

Census records available disclose the fact there are approximately 1175 heads of households in the United States with the old and distinguished Dull name. The United States Census Bureau estimates there are approximately 3.2 persons per household in America today which yields an approximate total of 3760 people in the United States carrying the Dull name. Although the figure seems relatively low, it does not signify the many important contributions that individuals bearing the Dull name have made to history.

No genealogical representation is intended or implied by this report and it does not represent individual lineage or your family tree.



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