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The surname Dodd is a Welsh
name of old Celtic origin. The surname is from one of the various related Old English personal names Dodd, Dodda, Dudd, or Dudda, which were all in common use until the 14th century. The name Dodd may also be a nickname
surname derived from the Germanic root "dudd" or "dodd," which means something rounded; thus, it would have been used to denote a round, lumpish person, or a stupid person. The surname Dodd may also be derived from the Old English word "dydrian," which means deceiver or rascal, or from the word "dod," which means to make bare or to cut off. The application of the name Dodd is obvious in the former case, while the nickname would denote a bald person in the latter case.
The surname Dodd was first found in Cheshire
, at Edge, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire
West and Chester. George Ormerod (1785-1873) wrote the following about the family: "About the time of Henry II., Hova, son of Cadwgan Dot, married the daughter and heiress of the Lord of Edge, with whom he had the fourth of that manor. It is probable that the Lord of Edge was son of Edwin, who before the Conquest was sole proprietor of eight manors; we may call him a Saxon thane. It appears by Domesday that Dot was the Saxon lord of sixteen manors, from which all of which he was ejected; we may presume he was identical with Cadwgan Dot."
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Dodd have included Dodd, Dod, Dot, Dodds, Dods and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodd research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1743, 1693, 1719, 1717, 1719, 1729 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Dodd History in all our PDF Extended History products
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Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Anthony Dod of Edge, Commander of the English archers at the Battle of Agincourt; John Dodd ( c.
1693-1719), an English politician, Member of Parliament...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dodd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Some of the Dodd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland
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During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Dodd:
Dodd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Geo Dodd, aged 17, arrived in Barbados in 1635
- James Dodd, aged 16, arrived in America in 1635
- Jon Dodd, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
- Tho Dodd, who landed in Virginia in 1642
- Peter Dodd, who landed in Maryland in 1680
Dodd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- William Dodd, who arrived in Georgia in 1737
- Mathew, Dodd, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
- Richard Dodd settled in August County Virginia in 1760
- Richard Dodd who settled in August County Virginia in 1760
Dodd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- David Dodd, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
- William H Dodd, who landed in New York in 1808
- John Dodd, who arrived in America in 1809
- Adam Dodd, aged 18, landed in New York in 1812
- Anthony Dodd, aged 43, arrived in New York in 1812
Dodd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Dodge Jr., U.E. who settled in Charlotee County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he was part of the Cape Ann Association CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Dodd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James Dodd, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- William Dodd, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Dodd, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- John Dodd Jr., English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James Dodd, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Dodd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Richard N. Dodd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
- Charles Dodd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
- Mary Ann Dodd arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
- Walter Dodd, aged 18, a milk carrier, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Edinburgh" in 1873
- David Dodd, aged 34, a blacksmith, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
- Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd (1908-1988), American college football coach at Georgia Tech, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
- Christopher John "Chris" Dodd (b. 1944), American lawyer, lobbyist, and Democratic Party politician
- Moses Woodruff Dodd (1813-1899), American publisher who founded what would later become Dodd, Mead and Company in New York City
- Molly Dodd (1921-1981), American actress
- Marcie Dodd (b. 1978), American stage actress and singer
- Claire Dodd (1908-1973), American actress
- Sonora Smart Dodd (1882-1978), American activist and founder of Father's Day
- Stephen Dodd (b. 1966), Welsh professional golfer
- Charles Harold "C.H." Dodd (1884-1973), Welsh New Testament scholar and Protestant theologian
- Arthur Herbert Dodd (1891-1975), Welsh academic historian
- Mrs. Violet Dodd (1888-1914), née Howson Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Captain John Dodd (1886-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Mr. Henry Dodd (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Albert R Dodd, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Miss Dorothy Dodd, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. George Charles Dodd (d. 1912), aged 44, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- Mr. Edward Charles Dodd (d. 1912), aged 38, English Junior 3rd Engineer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- The Fields Family: With Notes on Whitehall and Dodd by Ruth Fields Lewis.
- Our Dodd Family: Ancestors and Descendants of James Dodd by Marjorie Dodd Floyd.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto. Motto:
In copia cautusMotto Translation:
Careful amid plenty.
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
The Dodd Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dodd 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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