Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Dadwell is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Dadwell family
Hampshire 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.
Early History of the Dadwell family
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Dadwell Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dadwell family name include Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Dadwell family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Dodwell of Dublin; Richard Dowdeswell (1601-1673), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660, an active Royalist...
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Migration of the Dadwell family to Ireland
Some of the Dadwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dadwell family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dadwell surname or a spelling variation of the name include: James Dodwell who settled in Philadelphia in 1861.
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