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

The name Dower reached England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Dower family lived in Herefordshire. The family settled in Dore in that county, and it is from this location that their surname derives.

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Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dower family name include Dore, Dorey, Dory, Dorie, Doar, Doare, Doore, Doorey, Doorie and many more.

First found in Herefordshire where they had been granted lands by William the Conqueror for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dower research. Another 193 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dower History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dower Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Dower family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Dower family to immigrate North America: James Dore who settled in Virginia in the year 1621; one year after the arrival of the "Mayflower"; followed by James in 1774; Mrs. Dore arrived in Norfolk Virginia in 1820 with her child.

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  • John W. Dower (b. 1938), American author, professor, and historian awarded the 2000 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction


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  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The Dower Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dower 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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