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Dodson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English, Welsh


Dodson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from Dodd or Dodda. They were Old English personal names common in England from Lincolnshire on south. The name Dodson denotes "son of Dodd or Dodda."

Early Origins of the Dodson family


The surname Dodson 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.

Early History of the Dodson family


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

Dodson 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. Dodson 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 Dodson family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dodson family to the New World and Oceana


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 Dodson or a variant listed above:

Dodson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Benjamin Dodson, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward Dodson, who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Benj Dodson, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Edward Dodson, aged 21, who landed in St Christopher in 1635 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Gervase Dodson, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dodson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Fra Dodson, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Geo Dodson, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • William Dodson, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Dodson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C. E. Dodson, who settled in Baltimore Maryland in 1820
  • C. B. Dodson settled in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C C Dodson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • J Dodson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Dodson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas A. Dodson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SPARTAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Spartan.htm
  • John Dodson, aged 28, a bricklayer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Telegraph"

Dodson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Dodson, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • E Dodson, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1839
  • Thomas Dodson, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Will Watch
  • George Dodson, aged 19, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Fifeshire" in 1842
  • Ann Dodson, aged 29, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dodson (post 1700)


  • Sarah Paxton Ball Dodson (1847-1906), American artist, perhaps best known for her work The Signing of the Declaration of Independence, painted in 1883
  • Patrick Neal "Pat" Dodson (b. 1959), American former first baseman with the Boston Red Sox from 1986 to 1988
  • Owen Vincent Dodson (1914-1983), American poet, novelist, and playwright
  • Major Dodson (b. 2003), American actor known for his roles on The Walking Dead, American Horror Story and Left Behind
  • Jeff Dodson, American college head coach of the University of North Dakota baseball program
  • Mary Dodson (1932-2016), née Weaver, an American art director known for her work in television, specifically as art director for 102 of the 264 episodes of the mystery series, Murder, She Wrote, wife of Jack Dodson
  • Fitzhugh J. Dodson (1923-1993), American clinical psychologist, lecturer, educator and author who wrote several popular books including the best-selling How to Parent
  • Betty Dodson (b. 1929), American sex educator
  • Akeem Levar Dodson (b. 1987), American professional cricketer
  • John "Jack" Dodson (1931-1994), American television actor best remembered for the character Howard Sprague in The Andy Griffith Show and its spin-off Mayberry R.F.D
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Dodson


  • The Dodson (Dotson) Family of North Farnham Parish, Richmond County, Virginia: A History and Genealogy of Their Descendants by Mrs. Sherman Williams.
  • The Dodson Family of Warren County, Tennessee, and Allied Families by Catherine Gaffin Lynn.

The Dodson Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus semper eadam
Motto Translation: Virtue is always the same.


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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) The SPARTAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Spartan.htm

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