Dowey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancestors of the name Dowey come from the ancient Scottish tribe known as the Dalriadans. They lived along the rugged west coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands and used the name to indicate a person 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"

Early Origins of the Dowey family

The surname Dowey was first found in on the Isle of Iona, 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.

Important Dates for the Dowey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowey research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Dowey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dowey Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of Dowey have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Dowie, Dowey, Douie, Douey, MacIldowie, MacIldowy and others.

Early Notables of the Dowey family (pre 1700)

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Dowey migration to the United States

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dowey were among those contributors:

Dowey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Dowey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Edward Dowey, who settled in Philadelphia in 1876 with his brother Patrick
  • W. J. Dowey, aged 53, who landed in America, in 1897
Dowey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Thomas Dowey, aged 55, who landed in America from Hyde, Ireland, in 1909
  • Usher Dowey, aged 26, who settled in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1910
  • Joseph Dowey, aged 26, who immigrated to America from Bristol, England, in 1913
  • Mary Dowey, aged 21, who landed in America from Kilkelly, Ireland, in 1913
  • Jennie Dowey, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Brighton, England, in 1920
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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