Family History Notebook


Index to Dives or Dyves investigated in the course of my family history researches.

The de Dive family were also prominent landowners in Sussex over a long period, and can be traced back to Domesday sub-tenants. The Boselin who held at Pevensey, under the Count of Mortain, in 1086, has been identified as Boselin de Diva and the William who held at Alfriston from the count has been identified as Boselin's son, William de Diva. Boselin had a brother, Hugh de Diva, who is mentioned under that name in a charter of 1056-57, so that the name de Diva was in use before the Conquest by the family. It is not possible to trace a complete pedigree of the de Dive family during the late 11th and 12th centuries, but a succession of individuals named de Diva continued to hold lands in East Sussex, and it is reasonable to deduce that this represents the survival of a family with a hereditary surname. The family continued to be landowners in the county during the 13th and 14th centuries. The family's surname was derived from Dives-sur-Mer (Calvados).

The Surnames of Sussex by Richard McKinley

... John Dives, and great. grandson of Sir William Alston, Bart., the last of one of England's oldest families, in a direct line. Educ. Kent. M., 1870. Mary A., d. of late E. Pool, "of Northampton ; 3 children.
Natal who's Who 1906