Docwra History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Docwra family

The surname Docwra was first found in Cumberland where they held a family seat on the English/Scottish border.

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. [1]

Early History of the Docwra family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Docwra research. Another 111 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1620, 1623, 1527, 1635, 1716, 1680, 1560, 1631, 1568 and 1584 are included under the topic Early Docwra History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Docwra Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Docwra have been found, including Dockwra, Dockwray, Dockray, Dockeray, Dockery, Dockree, Docwra, Dockreay and many more.

Early Notables of the Docwra family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Thomas Docwra, (d. 1527) Grand Prior of Clerkenwell Priory, where he is buried. "He was descended from an old Westmoreland family, the Docwras of Docwra Hall in Kendal; but he came of a younger branch which had been for some generations settled in Hertfordshire." [2] William Dockwra or Dockwray (c. 1635-1716), was an English merchant who co-founded the first Penny Post in...
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Migration of the Docwra family

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Docwra, or a variant listed above: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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