Of all the Anglo-Saxon
names to come from Britain, Dewsburay is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having lived in Dewsbury, a minster town in the Metropolitan Borough of Kirklees, in West Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Dewsburay family
The surname Dewsburay 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 Dewsburay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dewsburay research.Another 103 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1621, 1688 and 1729 are included under the topic Early Dewsburay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dewsburay Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dewsburay has been spelled many different ways, including Dewsbury, Dusebury, Dusbury, Dewsburay and others.
Early Notables of the Dewsburay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dewsburay family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dewsburays to arrive in North America: 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..