Dodridge History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Dodridge name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Dodridge family

The surname Dodridge was first found in Devon where the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Richard de Doderig as holding lands there at that time. Later Richard Doderugge was listed in Devon in 1353. [2]

Early History of the Dodridge family

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Dodridge Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dodridge were recorded, including Dodderidge, Doderidge, Dodderige, Doderige, Dotteridge and many more.

Early Notables of the Dodridge 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. He was son of Richard Doddridge, merchant, of Barnstaple. [3] Pentecost Dodderidge (died 1650), was an English...
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United States Dodridge migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dodridge family emigrate to North America:

Dodridge Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jarvis Dodridge, who arrived in Virginia in 1663 [4]

Australia Dodridge migration to Australia +

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

Dodridge Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Dodridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848 [5]
  • Thomas Dodridge, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glen Huntley" in 1849 [6]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) POICTIERS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Poictiers.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The GLEN HUNTLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849GlenHuntly.htm


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