The name Dodrell belongs to the early history of Britain, it's origins lie with the Anglo-Saxons
. It is a product of their having lived close to a region called Dodda's
ridge. The name is derived from the local of Dodridge,
likely in Devon
or the southwest country.
Early Origins of the Dodrell family
The surname Dodrell was first found in Devon
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 Dodrell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodrell research.Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1218, 1555, 1628, 1650, 1621, 1625, 1610, 1666, 1646, 1656 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Dodrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dodrell 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 Dodrell include Dodderidge, Doderidge, Dodderige, Doderige, Dotteridge and many more.
Early Notables of the Dodrell family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Doddridge (1555-1628), an English lawyer, justice of the king's bench, Member of Parliament; Pentecost Dodderidge (died 1650), an English politician who sat in the... Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dodrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dodrell family to the New World and Oceana
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 Dodrell were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Davie Dodderidge who settled in Barbados in 1635; along with Jarvis and Thomas; George Dodderidge settled in Virginia in 1670 along with John; Thomas Dodderidge settled in Virginia in 1635..