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The history of the Dodwell family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Dodwell is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Dodwell Early Origins



The surname Dodwell was first found in Hampshire 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.

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Dodwell Spelling Variations


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Dodwell Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dodwell include Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.

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Dodwell Early History


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Dodwell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dodwell research. Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1673, 1660, 1683, 1678, 1682, 1728, 1712, 1722, 1648, 1641 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Dodwell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dodwell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dodwell Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Dodwell of Dublin; Richard Dowdeswell (1601-1673), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660, an active Royalist...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dodwell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dodwell In Ireland


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Dodwell In Ireland



Some of the Dodwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dodwell or a variant listed above:

Dodwell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Dodwell, who arrived in Maryland in 1668

Dodwell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Dodwell who settled in Philadelphia in 1861

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dodwell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dodwell (post 1700)



  • Edward Dodwell (1767-1832), English traveler and a writer on archaeology
  • Professor Charles Dodwell,
  • David Dodwell, Economic Adviser
  • Grant Dodwell (b. 1952), Australian actor

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Dodwell Historic Events


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Dodwell Historic Events




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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dodwell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dodwell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 November 2014 at 16:22.

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