Doctor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the name Doctor dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a trapper of small game; it literally means "cut the hare's tail," from the Old English words dokc, which meant "cut off," and hare, a word that has not changed meaning.

Early Origins of the Doctor family

The surname Doctor was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Doctor family

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Doctor Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Doctor include Docker, Dockwra, Dockray, Dockwray, Dockrell and many more.

Early Notables of the Doctor family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Doctor family to Ireland

Some of the Doctor family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doctor migration to the United States

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Doctor or a variant listed above:

Doctor Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Doctor, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1762 [1]
  • George Doctor, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1764 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Doctor (post 1700)

  • Gabriel Doctor, American politician, Candidate for Justice of New York Supreme Court 5th District, 1920 [2]
  • Doctor Juan Jiménez de Montalvo (b. 1551), Spanish oidor (judge) of the Royal Audiencia of Lima
  • Doctor Peter Radtke (b. 1943), German actor and playwright

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from
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