The Dodswith name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in the township of Dodworth, in the parish of Silkstone in Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Dodswith family
The surname Dodswith was first found in the historic West Riding of Yorkshire
at Dodworth, a township, in the parish of Silkstone, wapentake
of Staincross. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Today Dodworth is South Yorkshire
and is a village in the metropolitan borough of Barnsley. The Domesday Book
of 1086 lists the place name as Dodesuu(o)rde and literally meant "enclosure of a man called Dod(d) or Dod(d)a," from the Old English personal name
+ "worth." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
The first record of the family was Lefode de Dodesuurda who was listed in the Inquisitio Eliensis (included in the Domesday Book
as lands of Ely Abbey) in 1086. Years later, Adam de Dodworth was listed in the Feet of Fines of Yorkshire
in 1375. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
The Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 list: Walterus de Dodworth; and Willelmus de Dodword. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Dodswith family
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Dodswith Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Dodswith has undergone many spelling variations
, including Dodsworth, Dodworth and others.
Early Notables of the Dodswith family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dodswith family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dodswith were among those contributors: James Dodsworth who settled in Barbados in 1671; another James Dodsworth settled in Maryland in 1775; M. Dodsworth arrived in San Francisco in 1852.
The Dodswith 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: Pro lege senatuque rege
Motto Translation: For King and the law