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Where did the English Doe family come from? What is the English Doe family crest and coat of arms? When did the Doe family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Doe family history?Doe is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Doe family lived in Somerset. This family was originally from Norman French Castle of O, and it is from the local form of this place-name, D'O, which literally translates as from O, that their surname derives. Some records show that the name was a nickname originating doe the female buck but this is highly unlikely.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Doe, Dow and others.
First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doe research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1272 is included under the topic Early Doe History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Doe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World 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 stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Doe or a variant listed above:
Doe Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Doe Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Doe Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Doe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doe 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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