The English surname Dye, also found in Scotland and Ireland, is of patronymic origin being derived from a pet form of the personal name Dennis. In Britain the surname is most common in Norfolk, but frequent also in Yorkshire. The name was borne by various early saints, including St Denis, the martyred 3rd-century bishop of Paris who became the patron of France; the popularity of the name in England from the 12th century onwards seems to have been largely due to French influence. The surname Dye is particularly well recorded in London Church Registers from the mid 16th Century. On March 25th 1563, Elizabeth Dye, an infant, was christened in St. Andrew's, Enfield, London. Today there are approximately 28,000 bearers of the surname Dye living in The United States.
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