The name Dewsberray belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived in Dewsbury, a minster town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Dewsberray family
The surname Dewsberray 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 Dewsberray family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewsberray research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1688 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Dewsberray History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dewsberray Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dewsberray include Dewsbury, Dusebury, Dusbury, Dewsburay and others.
Early Notables of the Dewsberray family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dewsberray family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dewsberray were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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..