The Ditto Family Name


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My name is Michael Ditto. People seem to think my last name is interesting. I suppose it is.

"What an interesting name. What does it mean? What is your ethnic background? Are you (Italian/English/German/...)?"

I wish I knew.

"What an unusual name. I'll bet you hear a lot of jokes about it."

Kindof. The most common one is "I'll bet you hear a lot of jokes about it." And since that isn't actually very funny, I feel that I am missing out on all these jokes to which I am somehow entitled but never actually get to hear.


Research

So... I am trying to learn about the Ditto name and where it and my ancestors came from.

I am just starting this, so I eagerly welcome any data that anyone has to offer.


Ditto history

There are various places in the U.S. with "Ditto" in their names.

The major Ditto clans I have found in genealogical databases seem to be concentrated in Maryland, Kentucky, Ohio, Alabama, Texas, and Kansas.

The Dittos that I am closely related to are all from the San Diego area and are living around there or around Bellingham, WA. My grandfather was born in Altoona, Kansas. I ran across mention on the net of some other Dittos in Kansas.

A different Michael Ditto with whom I exchanged email a while back says he has relatives in Colorado and Tennesee.

Much of the following information is from Pam Stroud, who is also doing Ditto research: There were some Dittos in Maryland around 1700.

Pam is decended from some Dittos who lived in Madison County, Alabama in the early 1800's. There is a place there on the Tennessee River called "Ditto Landing".

Some of the Alabama Dittos migrated to Arlington, TX in the mid 1800's. There were quite a few Dittos around that part of TX between then and now.

The Ditto name itself might be Alsatian, perhaps originally spelled "DeToe".


Dittos here and there

Here are some people named Ditto that I know about. I put in most of my close Ditto relatives (I still have to add some of the young ones) and some other Dittos that I encountered via email or found in lists on the net.

Name Date Location Comments
Michael Richard Ditto 1965- San Diego, CA,
Santa Clara, CA
ME!
Sarah Michael Ditto 2003- Santa Clara, CA my daughter
Edison Richard Ditto 2005- Santa Clara, CA my son
Maxwell James Ditto 2008- Santa Clara, CA my son
David Patrick Ditto 1967- San Diego, CA my brother
Mary Margaret "Maggie" (Ditto) Cascio 1971- San Diego, CA my sister
Tracey (Ditto) Billings 1988- San Diego, CA
Waco, TX
my half-sister
James Richard Ditto 1937- San Diego, CA my father
Ray Ditto 1907-1987 Altoona, KS,
San Diego, CA
my grandfather
John Joseph Ditto ? ?, IA my great-grandfather
John Ditto ? ? my great-great-grandfather
John Ditto 1937-~1985 San Diego, CA,
Bellingham, WA
my uncle
Robert Ditto ~1940- San Diego, CA my uncle
Ron Ditto ~1965- San Diego, CA my cousin
Stephen Ditto ~1967- San Diego, CA my cousin
Elizabeth (Ditto) Feingold ~1965- San Diego, CA,
Bellingham, WA
my cousin
Christopher Ditto ~1967- San Diego, CA,
Bellingham, WA
my cousin
Jonathan Ditto 1970- San Diego, CA
Anchorage, AK
my cousin
Norton Ditto? current? Houston, TX This clothing store is said to be owned by Dittos.
Samuel Frank Ditto 1858-1919 Allen County, OH married Sarah Isabelle Strayer
Bill and Rose Ditto 1987 Wamego, KS Owners of the Ditto-Leach mansion
Peter H. Ditto current OH assistant professor, Kent State University
Dennis E. Ditto current Sherborn, MA Ditto Associates
Katherine Ditto current Waco, TX Teacher Certification Officer
Edwin Ditto current ?, OK,
Oregon City, OR
DeWayne E Ditto current Eugene, OR son of Edwin Ditto immediately above
I found this name while searching the Internet and later got email from his son (below)
Christopher Ditto current Eugene, OR son of DeWayne Ditto immediately above
Jason E. Ditto current ? someone who sent me email
Michael Ditto ~1975- Denver, CO Not ME! someone I found on the net years ago
has relatives in CO and TN
Bradley Ditto current Los Angeles, CA signer/musician
Mary Ditto ~1860-? Valley Station, KY mother of Linda Mora Miller
Joseph Detoe (DeToe?) ~1750? Strasbourg, Alsace (France),
possibly Maryland?
Founder of one American Ditto clan
Francis Lewis Ditto 1758-1841 York County, PA,
Tiffin, OH
son of Joseph Detoe immediately above
Andrew Jackson Ditto 1792-1854 Union County, PA,
Mercer County, IL
son of Francis Lewis Ditto immediately above
John Wyland Ditto 1815-1885 Pickaway, OH,
Knox County, IL
Mercer County, IL
son of Andrew Jackson Ditto immediately above
Sarah Ditto 1817-? Shelby County, OH,
Sullivan County, MO
daughter of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
George W Ditto 1820-1897 Shelby County, OH,
Macon County, IL,
Henderson, IL
son of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
Elizabeth Ditto 1826-1902 ? daughter of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
Samuel Ditto 1828-1907 Shelby County, OH,
Mercer County, IL
son of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
Barbara Ditto 1830-1875 ?, IL daughter of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
Levi H Ditto 1835-1917 Henderson County, IL son of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
Andrew Jackson Ditto 1838-1902 Mercer County, IL son of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
Lewis N Ditto 1840-1918 Mercer County, IL,
Henderson County, IL
son of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
Francis Lewis Ditto 1824-1899 ?, OH,
Mercer County, IL
son of Andrew Jackson Ditto above
Benjamin S. Ditto 1852-? Mercer County, IL son of Francis Lewis Ditto immediately above
John Wesley Ditto 1873-1943 Oledo, IL,
Salina, KS
son of Benjamin S Ditto immediately above
Eugene Calvin Ditto 1903-1979 Belleville, KS,
Salina, KS
son of John Wesley Ditto immediately above
Harold Eugene Ditto 1923-1924 Concordia, KS son of Eugene Calvin Ditto immediately above
Neva Jean Ditto 1924- Salina, KS daughter of Eugene Calvin Ditto above
Norma Lea Ditto 1930-1930 daughter of Eugene Calvin Ditto above
Anna Louise Ditto 1925- Cawker City, KS,
Salina, KS
daughter of Eugene Calvin Ditto above
Gary Dean Boyer 1944- Salina, KS son of Anna Louise Ditto immediately above
compiled info about many of his Ditto relatives
Anna Lucille Ditto 1905-1996 Salina, KS daughter of John Wesley Ditto above
Mable L Ditto 1902-1966 Ellsworth County, KS,
Salina, KS
daughter of John Wesley Ditto above
John C Ditto 1910-1978 Salina, KS son of John Wesley Ditto above
John Wayne Ditto 1938- Salina, KS son of John C Ditto immediately above
James Ditto ~1695-~1732 Baltimore, MD
William and Henry Ditto ? ? sons of James Ditto immediately above
Abraham Ditto 1718-? Washington Co., MD son of James Ditto above
Christina Ditto ~1740-? ? daughter of Abraham Ditto immediately above
James Ditto ~1765-? Madison Co., AL
Mike Ditto ~1795-? Madison Co., AL,
Arlington, TX
son of James Ditto immediately above
James Ditto 1823-? Arlington, TX son of Mike Ditto immediately above
Pam Stroud current Arlington, TX great-great-granddaughter of James Ditto immediately above, also doing Ditto research
Michele Ditto current Reggio Calabria, Italy His daughter Maria lives in New Jersey and he has a cousin who came to America but has not been heard from.
Donald Lee Ditto Born 1934 Chicago, IL
died 1994 in Fresno, CA
Donald Dewayne Ditto born 1958 Fresno, CA Lexington, TN son of Donald Lee Ditto immediately above


Please Help!

Please send me any info about Dittos that you know (and how to reach them) or about our Ditto ancestors.

Please email me with info and I will add it to my collection and to this page if appropriate.

What I would like to know, at a minimum, about any Ditto past or present is:


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