Doddsen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

It was among those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Doddsen was formed. The name was derived from Dodd or Dodda. They were Old English personal names common in England from Lincolnshire on south. The name Doddsen denotes "son of Dodd or Dodda."

Early Origins of the Doddsen family

The surname Doddsen was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Alternatively, the family could have originated in Dutson, a hamlet northeast of Launceston in Cornwall.

Important Dates for the Doddsen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doddsen research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Doddsen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doddsen Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Doddsen include Dodson, Dodshon, Doddson, Doddshon, Doddsaun, Dodsaun, Dodsen, Dodsin, Doddsen, Doddsin, Dodsine, Doddsan and many more.

Early Notables of the Doddsen family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Doddsen family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Doddsen were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Benjamin Dodson settled in Virginia in 1635; Edward Dodson settled in St. Christopher in 1635; George Dodson settled in Barbados in 1678; with his wife Elizabeth, and son George.

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