Dodsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Dodsen family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from Dodd or Dodda. They were Old English personal names common in England from Lincolnshire on south. The name Dodsen denotes "son of Dodd or Dodda."

Early Origins of the Dodsen family

The surname Dodsen was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Alternatively, the family could have originated in Dutson, a hamlet northeast of Launceston in Cornwall.

Important Dates for the Dodsen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodsen research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Dodsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dodsen Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dodsen include Dodson, Dodshon, Doddson, Doddshon, Doddsaun, Dodsaun, Dodsen, Dodsin, Doddsen, Doddsin, Dodsine, Doddsan and many more.

Early Notables of the Dodsen family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dodsen family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dodsen were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Benjamin Dodson settled in Virginia in 1635; Edward Dodson settled in St. Christopher in 1635; George Dodson settled in Barbados in 1678; with his wife Elizabeth, and son George.

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