Dolbey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dolbey is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066. The Dolbey family lived in Yortkshire. The name derives, however, from the family's former place of residence, Auby, Normandy, where they would have been referred to as D'Auby, meaning from Auby. [1]

Alternatively the name could have been a local name meaning "farmstead or village in a valley," [2] and this may explain the multiple parishes so called. The Yorkshire and Leicestershire parishes date back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when they were each spelt "Dalbi." [3]

Early Origins of the Dolbey family

The surname Dolbey was first found in the North Riding of Yorkshire at Dalby, a parish, in the union of Easingwould, wapentake of Bulmer. [4] Dalby is also a parish in Lincolnshire, and Dalby Magna is found in Leicestershire. Dalby on the Woods or Old Dalby is also found in Leicestershire.

The earliest records of the family were found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379: Willelmus de Dalby, osteler; and Matilda Dalby. [5]

Early History of the Dolbey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dolbey research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1220, 1379, 1455, 1421, 1435, 1589, 1616, 1672, 1588, 1631, 1627, 1694, 1625, 1686, 1662, 1683, 1683, 1627, 1694, 1662, 1710 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Dolbey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dolbey Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Dalby, Dalbie, Daylby, Dailby, D'Alby, D'Aubly and many more.

Early Notables of the Dolbey family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Richard Dalby (died before 1455), an English politician, Member of the Parliament of England for Gloucester from 1421 to 1435; Robert Dalby (died 1589), an English Catholic priest and martyr; Edward Dalby (ca.1616-1672), a Recorder of Reading, Berkshire; William Dolben (c. 1588-1631), a Welsh clergyman from Pembrokeshire; his son, Sir William Dolben KS KC (c.1627-1694), an English judge who...
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dolbey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dolbey migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Dolbey or a variant listed above:

Dolbey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Dolbey, aged 62, originally from Dartford, arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "Campania" from Liverpool, England [6]
  • Sarah Dolbey, aged 37, originally from Dartford, arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "Campania" from Liverpool, England [7]
Dolbey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Millie Dolbey, arrived in New York City, New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Prinz Joachim" from Savanilla [8]
  • Harry K. C. Dolbey, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1912 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [9]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dolbey (post 1700) +

  • Dorothy Nichols Dolbey (b. 1908), American politician, Mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1954
  • Dorothy N. Dolbey (1908-1991), American politician, first female mayor of Cincinnati, Ohio in 1954
  • Hugh Dolbey (1879-1936), English cricketer who played three first-class matches for Surrey between 1899 and 1902


The Dolbey 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: In Deo spero
Motto Translation: I hope in God.


  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXCZ-HMN : 6 December 2014), John Dolbey, 01 Sep 1899; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXCZ-HMJ : 6 December 2014), Sarah Dolbey, 01 Sep 1899; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Campania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JFMP-1X3 : 6 December 2014), Millie Dolbey, 02 Nov 1909; citing departure port Savanilla, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Prinz Joachim, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJR6-L2W : 6 December 2014), Harry K. C. Dolbey, 28 Sep 1912; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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