The ancestry of the name Dodsword dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the township of Dodworth, in the parish of Silkstone in Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Dodsword family
The surname Dodsword 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 Dodsword family
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Dodsword Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dodsword have been found, including Dodsworth, Dodworth and others.
Early Notables of the Dodsword family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dodsword family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dodsword, or a variant listed above: 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 Dodsword 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