Dawsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of England produced the name of Dawsey. It was given to a good-tempered person. The surname Dawsey is derived from the Old English words douce and dowce, which mean sweet, pleasant. These words, which later became doux, were ultimately derived from the Old French words dolz and dous, which had the same meaning. As a personal name, Dawsey was often given to females and occasionally was borne by males.

Early Origins of the Dawsey family

The surname Dawsey was first found in Wiltshire 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 Dawsey family

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Dawsey Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dawsey has appeared include Dowse, Dowcett, Dowsett, Dorset, Dorsett, Dowser, Dowsey and many more.

Early Notables of the Dawsey family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Dowse of Collingborn; Edward Dowse (1582-1648), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648; and Thomas Dowse,(c. 1630-1683), also...
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Ireland Migration of the Dawsey family to Ireland

Some of the Dawsey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Dawsey migration to the United States +

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dawsey arrived in North America very early:

Dawsey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Chr Dawsey, who landed in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • William Dawsey, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [1]
  • Arthur Dawsey, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]
  • Thomas Dawsey, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [1]

Australia Dawsey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dawsey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Dawsey a seaman, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Lady Mary Pelham" in 1836 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dawsey (post 1700) +

  • S. M. Dawsey, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1928 [3]
  • J. R. Dawsey, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Alabama, 1924 (alternate), 1928, 1932 (alternate), 1936 [3]

  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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY MARY PELHAM 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836LadyMaryPelham.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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