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Where did the English Douss family come from? What is the English Douss family crest and coat of arms? When did the Douss family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Douss family history?The earliest origins of the Douss surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name reveals that an early member was a good-tempered person. The surname Douss is derived from the Old English words douce and dowce, which mean sweet, pleasant. These words, which later became doux, were ultimately derived from the Old French words dolz and dous, which had the same meaning. As a personal name, Douss was often given to females and occasionally was borne by males.
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Douss are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Douss include: Dowse, Dowcett, Dowsett, Dorset, Dorsett, Dowser, Dowsey and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Douss research. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Douss History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Douss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Douss family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Douss or a variant listed above: Thomas and Katherine Dowse who settled in Virginia in 1623; Charles Dowse settled in Virginia in 1643; Lawrence Dowse settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630.
The Douss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Douss 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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