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The surname Dockery was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest of England many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient no-man's land. Notable families such as the Percy, the Umfravilles and the Nevilles gathered many supporting clans around them. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. In that century, many of those clans drove their herds south, and they settled in Yorkshire and Lancashire. The name was first recorded in Dockwray, a hamlet in Matterdale in Cumberland. John de Dockwra was recorded with estates in 1332. In 1467 Robert Dockra succeeded to the estates. Isabel Dockray was listed in 1560.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dockwra, Dockwray, Dockray, Dockeray, Dockery, Dockree, Docwra, Dockreay and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dockery research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1623, 1635, 1716 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Dockery History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dockery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dockery Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Dockery, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1764

Dockery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Ellen Dockery, aged 60, who landed in America from Leitrim, in 1893
  • James Dockery, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Kate Dockery, aged 20, who settled in America from Roscommon, in 1893
  • Bridget Dockery, aged 34, who landed in America from Stokestown, Co. Roscommon, in 1897

Dockery Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Joseph Dockery, aged 17, who settled in America from Carriglen Co. Lutrim, in 1905
  • James A. Dockery, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1905
  • Kate Dockery, aged 19, who landed in America from Boyle, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget Dockery, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Kilnore, Ireland, in 1908
  • Annie Dockery, aged 18, who landed in America from Casterea, Ireland, in 1908


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  • Samuel Dockery (1929-2015), nicknamed Sure-Footed Sam, American hard bop pianist
  • Kevin Dockery, American fiction and nonfiction author and military historian
  • James Dockery (b. 1988), American football cornerback
  • Paula Dockery, Republican Party member of the Florida Senate
  • Sean Areon Dockery (b. 1983), American basketball player
  • Alexander Monroe Dockery (1845-1926), United States Representative
  • John "Rex" Dockery (1942-1983), American football player and coach
  • David S. Dockery (b. 1952), the American 15th president of Union University
  • Alfred Dockery (1797-1875), American Congressional Representative
  • Kevin Dockery (b. 1984), American football cornerback

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  • Dockerys of Dixie by William Glenn Allen.
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The Dockery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dockery Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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