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Early Origins of the Dewdney family

The surname Dewdney was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that county.

Early History of the Dewdney family

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Dewdney Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dowdney, Dodenhay, Dowdnay, Dewdney, Doudnay, Doudney, Dudney and many more.

Early Notables of the Dewdney family (pre 1700)

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United States Dewdney migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dewdney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dewdney, who arrived in Norfolk, Va in 1823 [1]
  • Joseph Dewdney, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 [1]

New Zealand Dewdney migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dewdney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. E. Dewdney, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Balnaguith" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 7th December 1863 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dewdney (post 1700) +

  • Anna Dewdney (1965-2016), American author and illustrator of children's books, best known for her book Llama Llama Red Pajama
  • Tom Dewdney (b. 1933), West Indian cricketer
  • Selwyn Dewdney (1909-1979), Canadian author, illustrator and artist, father of Alexander and Christopher
  • Edgar Dewdney (1835-1916), Canadian surveyor, engineer, politician, and provincial Lieutenant-Governor
  • Christopher Dewdney (b. 1951), Canadian poet
  • Alexander Dewdney (b. 1941), Canadian mathematician, computer scientist and philosopher

  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. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook