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

The name Dowthard has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived in the village of Douthwait, which was located on the border of North Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dowthard have been found, including Douthwaite, Douthert, Douthet, Douthat, Douthit, Douthirt, Douthwrait, Dowthwaite, Dowthert, Dowthet, Dowthirt and many more.

First found in Lancashire 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 Dowthard research. Another 119 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowthard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dowthard, or a variant listed above: Abraham Dowthwaite who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1796 with his brother Robert; William Douthwaite arrived in Philadelphia in 1803.

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The Dowthard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowthard 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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