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Where did the English Dodrill family come from? What is the English Dodrill family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dodrill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dodrill family history?

The ancient history of the Dodrill name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided close to a region called Dodda's ridge. The name is derived from the local of Dodridge, likely in Devon or the southwest country.

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Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dodrill include Dodderidge, Doderidge, Dodderige, Doderige, Dotteridge and many more.

First found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodrill research. Another 141 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1555, 1628, 1650, 1621, 1625, 1610, 1666, 1646, 1656 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Dodrill History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dodrill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dodrill or a variant listed above: Davie Dodderidge who settled in Barbados in 1635; along with Jarvis and Thomas; George Dodderidge settled in Virginia in 1670 along with John; Thomas Dodderidge settled in Virginia in 1635..

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  • Forest Dewey Dodrill (1902-1997), American surgeon who completed the first successful open heart surgery
  • Dale Dodrill (b. 1926), former American football defensive tackle with the Pittsburgh Steelers


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The Dodrill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dodrill Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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