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Where did the Scottish Dowis family come from? What is the Scottish Dowis family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dowis family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dowis family history?Dalriada, in ancient Scotland, is where the name Dowis evolved. It was a name for someone who lived in the Macildowie territory. The name Dowie is a shortened form of the place-name, and surname, Macildowie. In Gaelic, MacIldowie means "son of the black lad"
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Dowis has been written as Dowie, Dowey, Douie, Douey, MacIldowie, MacIldowy and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowis research. Another 216 words(15 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Dowis History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dowis Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dowis, or a variant listed above:
Dowis Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Dowis Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Dowis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowis 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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