Doddswal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Doddswal comes from when the family resided in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Doddswal is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Doddswal family
The surname Doddswal was first found in Gloucestershire at Dowdeswell, an ancient Saxon village that dates back to the 8th century when it was known as Gogodeswellan. By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, it was known as Dodesuuelle.  The place name literally means "spring or stream of a man called Dogod," from the Old English personal name + "wella." 
The first record of the family was found here when William de Dowdeswelle was listed as a Knights Templar in 1185.  Years later, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed William de Doudeswell, Oxfordshire and Robert de Doudeswell, Gloucestershire. 
Early History of the Doddswal family
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Doddswal 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 Doddswal include Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Doddswal family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Richard Dowdeswell (1601-1673), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660, an active Royalist in the...
Migration of the Doddswal family to Ireland
Some of the Doddswal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Doddswal family
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: James Dodwell who settled in Philadelphia in 1861.