Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Dawlay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in or beside a meadow. The surname Dawlay originally derived from the Old English word Dael.
Early Origins of the Dawlay family
The surname Dawlay was first found in Norfolk
at either Field Dalling or Wood Dalling. Collectively they date back to the Domesday Book
when they were listed as Dallinga. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Later there was a split in the villages as Wode Dallinges was listed in 1198 and Fildedalling was listed in 1272. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The parish of Wood-Dalling (anciently spelt Wode Dallinges) in Norfolk was a family seat since early times. "The Hall, now a respectable farmhouse, was built in 1582 by a member of the Dalling family, which during a long period held the estate." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Dawlay family
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Dawlay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dawlay has been spelled many different ways, including Dalling, Dawling, Douling, Dauling, Dallinger and others.
Early Notables of the Dawlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dawlay family to Ireland
Some of the Dawlay family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dawlay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dawlays to arrive in North America: Joe Dallinger who settled in Barbados in 1635; Cornelius Dawling settled in Virginia in 1654; Thomas Dawling arrived in Philadelphia in 1878.