The name Dodleston is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in Cheshire
, where it is believed they took their name from the place-name Boydell,
which most people believe was located in Norfolk.
Early Origins of the Dodleston family
The surname Dodleston was first found in Cheshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dodleston family
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Dodleston Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Dodleston are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Dodleston include: Boydell, Boydall and others.
Early Notables of the Dodleston family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dodleston family to Ireland
Some of the Dodleston family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 55 words (4 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 Dodleston family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dodleston or a variant listed above: Thomas Boydell who settled in Massachusetts in 1634.