Dodgson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The history of the name Dodgson begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from Dodd or Dodda. They were Old English personal names common in England from Lincolnshire on south. The name Dodgson denotes "son of Dodd or Dodda."

Early Origins of the Dodgson family

The surname Dodgson 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 Dodgson family

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

Dodgson Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dodgson has been recorded under many different variations, including Dodson, Dodshon, Doddson, Doddshon, Doddsaun, Dodsaun, Dodsen, Dodsin, Doddsen, Doddsin, Dodsine, Doddsan and many more.

Early Notables of the Dodgson family (pre 1700)

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Dodgson migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dodgson or a variant listed above:

Dodgson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Enoch Dodgson, who landed in New York in 1810 [1]
  • William Dodgson, aged 37, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1868 [1]

Dodgson migration to Australia

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

Dodgson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Robert Dodgson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839 [2]
  • Catherine Dodgson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839 [2]
  • John Dodgson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [3]
  • Elizabeth Dodgson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [3]
  • James Dodgson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "John" in 1840 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dodgson (post 1700)

  • Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), English author, mathematician, and photographer who under the pen name of Lewis Carroll, wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and others
  • Stephen Dodgson (1924-2013), British composer and broadcaster, related to Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll)

Historic Events for the Dodgson family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Arthur Dodgson, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [4]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ORLEANA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Orleana.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JOHN from London 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840John.htm
  4. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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