Show ContentsDodderidge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Dodderidge comes from when the family resided close to a region called Dodda's ridge. The name is derived from the local of Dodridge, likely in Devon or the southwest country. [1]

Early Origins of the Dodderidge family

The surname Dodderidge was first found in Devon where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Richard de Doderig as holding lands there at that time. Later Richard Doderugge was listed in Devon in 1353. [2]

Early History of the Dodderidge family

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Dodderidge Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dodderidge include Dodderidge, Doderidge, Dodderige, Doderige, Dotteridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Dodderidge family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Doddridge (1555-1628), an English lawyer, justice of the king's bench, Member of Parliament. He was son of Richard Doddridge, merchant, of Barnstaple. [3] Pentecost Dodderidge (died 1650), was an English...
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United States Dodderidge migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Dodderidge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Dodderidge, aged 19, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the ship "Merchant's Hope" [4]
  • George Dodderidge, who settled in Virginia in 1670 along with John
Dodderidge Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Grace Dodderidge, aged 17, who arrived in Ellis Island, New York aboard the ship "The Queen" in 1884 [5]
Dodderidge Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Albert Dodderidge, aged 45, who arrived in Ellis Island, New York aboard the ship "Aquitania" in 1923 [5]

Australia Dodderidge migration to Australia +

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

Dodderidge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Dodderidge, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [6]

West Indies Dodderidge migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Dodderidge Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Jarvice Dodderidge, (b. 1613), aged 21, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [4]
  • Mr. Davie Dodderidge, (b. 1615), aged 20, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dodderidge (post 1700) +

  • Morris Dodderidge, British Council

  1. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. 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)
  5. Ellis Island Search retrieved 9th February 2023. Retrieved from
  6. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from
  8. Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. Retrieved from on Facebook