Dewsberay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

"This town is supposed to have derived its name, originally Duisburgh, from Dui, the tutelar deity of the Brigantes, to whom a votive altar, dedicated by Aurelianus, was found in the vicinity, and is still preserved at Bradley." [1]

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. [2]

The name literally means "stronghold of a man called Dewi", derived from the Old Welsh personal name "Dewi" + "burgh", an Old English word [3]

Early History of the Dewsberay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewsberay research. Another 51 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1688, 1621 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Dewsberay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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)

Distinguished members of the family include William Dewsbury (ca. 1621-1688), a Quaker minister from Allerthorpe, Yorkshire. He "was born in 1621 at Allerthorpe, near Pocklington in the East Riding of Yorkshire. Up to his thirteenth year he was a shepherd's boy, and afterwards served his apprenticeship to a cloth-weaver at Holbeck, Leeds. He...
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Migration of the Dewsberay family

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..



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)


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