Does “dickens” refer to Charles Dickens?

Dickens as an interjectional expression signifying astonishment, impatience or irritation is in no way related to the surname of Charles Dickens, the famous novelist. It was used by Shakespeare more than two centuries before Dickens was born. In The Merry Wives of Windsor Mrs. Page says: “I cannot tell what the dickens his name is “my husband had him of.” Dickens in such expressions as Go to the Dickens! is probably no more than a euphemism for deuce or devil, which have the same initial letter. Some authorities suppose it is a corruption of Devillcins, meaning “little devils.” DaiHns is used in Scotland with similar significance.