Dodd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The surname Dodd is a Welsh name of old Celtic origin. The surname is from one of the various related Old English personal names Dodd, Dodda, Dudd, or Dudda, which were all in common use until the 14th century. The name Dodd may also be a nickname surname derived from the Germanic root "dudd" or "dodd," which means something rounded; thus, it would have been used to denote a round, lumpish person, or a stupid person. The surname Dodd may also be derived from the Old English word "dydrian," which means deceiver or rascal, or from the word "dod," which means to make bare or to cut off. The application of the name Dodd is obvious in the former case, while the nickname would denote a bald person in the latter case.

Early Origins of the Dodd family

The surname Dodd was first found in Cheshire, at Edge, a civil parish in the unitary authority of Cheshire West and Chester. George Ormerod (1785-1873) wrote the following about the family: "About the time of Henry II., Hova, son of Cadwgan Dot, married the daughter and heiress of the Lord of Edge, with whom he had the fourth of that manor. It is probable that the Lord of Edge was son of Edwin, who before the Conquest was sole proprietor of eight manors; we may call him a Saxon thane. It appears by Domesday that Dot was the Saxon lord of sixteen manors, from which all of which he was ejected; we may presume he was identical with Cadwgan Dot."

Important Dates for the Dodd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodd research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1671, 1743, 1693, 1719, 1717, 1719, 1729 and 1777 are included under the topic Early Dodd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dodd Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Dodd have included Dodd, Dod, Dot, Dodds, Dods and others.

Early Notables of the Dodd family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Anthony Dod of Edge, Commander of the English archers at the Battle of Agincourt; John Dodd (c. 1693-1719), an English politician, Member of Parliament...
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Migration of the Dodd family to Ireland

Some of the Dodd family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Dodd migration to the United States

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Dodd:

Dodd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Geo Dodd, aged 17, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [1]
  • James Dodd, aged 16, who arrived in America in 1635 [1]
  • Jon Dodd, who arrived in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Tho Dodd, who landed in Virginia in 1642 [1]
  • Peter Dodd, who landed in Maryland in 1680 [1]
Dodd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Dodd, who arrived in Georgia in 1737 [1]
  • Mathew, Dodd, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [1]
  • Richard Dodd, who settled in August County Virginia in 1760
  • Richard Dodd who settled in August County Virginia in 1760
Dodd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Dodd, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]
  • William H Dodd, who landed in New York in 1808 [1]
  • John Dodd, who arrived in America in 1809 [1]
  • Adam Dodd, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Anthony Dodd, aged 43, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dodd migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dodd Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John Dodge Jr., U.E. who settled in Charlotee County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Cape Ann Association [2]

Dodd migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dodd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Dodd, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • William Dodd, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • William Dodd, a joiner, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Dodd Jr., English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • James Dodd, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dodd migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dodd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard N. Dodd, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
  • Mr. Richard N. Dodd, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [7]
  • Mr. Dodd, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Bahia" arriving in Lyttelton, South Island, New Zealand on 7th December 1863 [7]
  • Charles Dodd, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • Mary Ann Dodd, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Claramont" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dodd (post 1700)

  • Sir Kenneth Arthur 'Ken" Dodd OBE (1927-2018), English comedian and singer songwriter, best known for his live stand-up performances [8]
  • Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd (1908-1988), American college football coach at Georgia Tech, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Christopher John "Chris" Dodd (b. 1944), American lawyer, lobbyist, and Democratic Party politician
  • Moses Woodruff Dodd (1813-1899), American publisher who founded what would later become Dodd, Mead and Company in New York City
  • Molly Dodd (1921-1981), American actress
  • Marcie Dodd (b. 1978), American stage actress and singer
  • Claire Dodd (1908-1973), American actress
  • Sonora Smart Dodd (1882-1978), American activist and founder of Father's Day
  • Stephen Dodd (b. 1966), Welsh professional golfer
  • Charles Harold "C.H." Dodd (1884-1973), Welsh New Testament scholar and Protestant theologian
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Dodd family

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Violet Dodd (1888-1914), née Howson Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
  • Captain John Dodd (1886-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Henry Dodd (b. 1920), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Chester-le-Street, County Durham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Albert R Dodd, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Miss Dorothy Dodd, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. George Charles Dodd (d. 1912), aged 44, English Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Edward Charles Dodd (d. 1912), aged 38, English Junior 3rd Engineer from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1824 with 9 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1824
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1826 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1826
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ Kenneth Dodd. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Kenneth Dodd. Retrieved from http://www.kendoddshows.com/
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  11. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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