The lineage of the name Dewsberay begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Dewsbury, a minster town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Dewsberay family
The surname Dewsberay was first found in West Yorkshire
where the place dates back to the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Deusberia and Deusberie. Very small by standards in those days, the lands held only space for 2 ploughs but was held by Wakefield and a portion of the lands was held by King Edward who had a manor that was 4 furlongs long (800 meters) and as much broad. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The name literally means "stronghold of a man called Dewi", derived from the Old Welsh personal name
"Dewi" + "burgh", an Old English word CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Dewsberay family
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Dewsberay Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Dewsberay has undergone many spelling variations
, including Dewsbury, Dusebury, Dusbury, Dewsburay and others.
Early Notables of the Dewsberay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dewsberay family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dewsberay were among those contributors: John Dewsbury arrived in New Jersey in 1677; John Dewsbury, who arrived in New Jersey in 1678; William Dewsbury arrived in Philadelphia in 1880; and George Dewsbury, aged 26, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1899..