Doddge is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name Dod,
the short form of Roger.
Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Early Origins of the Doddge family
The surname Doddge was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Doddge family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doddge research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1196, 1214, 1515, 1559, 1546, 1595, 1583, 1639, 1610, 1629, 1651, 1697, 1620, 1674, 1650, 1655, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Doddge History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Doddge Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Doddge has undergone many spelling variations
, including Dodge, Doidge, Doge, Doige, Doddge, Doges, Dodges, Doidges and many more.
Early Notables of the Doddge family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Leonard Digges (c.1515-c.1559), English mathematician and surveyor, credited with the invention of the theodolite; Sir Thomas Digges (1546-1595), an English mathematician and astronomer; Sir Dudley Digges (c.1583-1639), an English diplomat and politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1610 and 1629... Another 69 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doddge Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Doddge family to Ireland
Some of the Doddge family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Doddge family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Doddge were among those contributors: William Dodge who arrived in 1623 on the sailing ship the ".