Dodgen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Anglo-Saxon name Dodgen comes from Dodd or Dodda. They were Old English personal names common in England from Lincolnshire on south. The name Dodgen denotes "son of Dodd or Dodda."
Early Origins of the Dodgen family
The surname Dodgen 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 Dodgen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodgen research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1379 are included under the topic Early Dodgen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dodgen Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dodgen has appeared include Dodson, Dodshon, Doddson, Doddshon, Doddsaun, Dodsaun, Dodsen, Dodsin, Doddsen, Doddsin, Dodsine, Doddsan and many more.
Early Notables of the Dodgen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dodgen family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dodgen arrived in North America very early: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dodgen (post 1700)
- Lieutenant General Larry J. Dodgen (1949-2010), Commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command
- Carolyn Dodgen Meadows (b. 1965), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Georgia, 2000; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 2004, 2008 
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