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The name Doty comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was considered brave and strong. The surname Doty originally derived from the Old English word doughty or dohti. The surname Doty is associated with the broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or features of animals.


The surname Doty was first found in Suffolk 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.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Doty has undergone many spelling variations, including Doughty, Doughtie, Dowtie, Dowty and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doty research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1545, 1578, 1577, 1599, 1655 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Doty History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 125 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doty Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Doty were among those contributors:

Doty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Doty, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620

Doty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • E H Doty, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • J L Doty, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Doty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Doty, who landed in Canada in 1784
  • Mr. Anthony Dougherty U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784


  • Paul M. Doty (b. 1920), emeritus Harvard Mallinckrodt Professor of Biochemistry
  • Mark Doty (b. 1953), American poet and memoirist
  • Roy Doty (b. 1922), American cartoonist
  • James Duane Doty (1799-1865), American land speculator and politician
  • Chris Bourke Doty (1966-2006), Canadian journalist, historian, award-winning documentary filmmaker, author and playwright


  • The Doty-Doten Family in America: Descendants of Edward Doty, An Emigrant By the Mayflower, 1620 by Ethan Allen Doty.
  • The James Alfred Doty Descendants of Edward Doty, A Mayflower Passenger, 1620 by Ervin A. Doty.

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