Show ContentsDolman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dolman is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the name Dalman. Another alternative version is that the surname Dolman originally derived from the Old English word Doelan which referred to set out in position land or lots. Later a doleman would be responsible for distribution of land or alms as part of the lord and tenant agreement that occurred during the feudal ages.

Early Origins of the Dolman family

The surname Dolman was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Dolman family

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Dolman Spelling Variations

Dolman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Dolman have been found, including Dolman, Dollman, Doleman, Doalman, Dolmen, Dolmin, Dolmane, Dollmin, Dolemin, Dolemen, Dolmun, Doalmen, Doalmin, Doalmun, Dolle, Doman, Dooman and many more.

Early Notables of the Dolman family (pre 1700)

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United States Dolman migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Dolmans to arrive on North American shores:

Dolman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Dolman, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [1]
Dolman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B Dolman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [1]
  • B. Dolman, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • John Dolman, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860

Australia Dolman migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dolman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Dolman, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Augusta Jessie" on 27 September 1834, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [2]
  • Mr. James Dolman, British Convict who was convicted in Derby, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [3]
  • John Dolman, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "British Empire" [4]
  • John Dolman, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "British Empire" in 1850 [4]
  • Mr. George Dolman who was convicted in Devizes, Wiltshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Clara" on 19th March 1857, arriving in Western Australia, Australia [5]

New Zealand Dolman migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dolman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Walter Dolman, aged 55, a painter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Mary Dolman, aged 54, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • William H. Dolman, aged 41, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

Contemporary Notables of the name Dolman (post 1700) +

  • P. R. Dolman, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1868
  • Charles Dolman (1807-1863), Welsh Catholic publisher, born at Monmouth 20 Sept. 1807, the only son of Charles Dolman, surgeon of that town [6]
  • FIona Dolman (b. 1970), British actress
  • Claude Ernest Dolman (1906-1994), Canadian microbiologist made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1947
  • Evert Gerardus Dolman (1946-1993), Dutch Olympic racing cyclist
  • Nancy Dolman (1952-2010), Canadian comic actress and singer
  • Bob Dolman (b. 1947), Canadian screenwriter, director, and actor

  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th August 2020). Retrieved from
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from
  4. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITISH EMPIRE 1850. Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records of Australia. Retrieved 11th February 2021 from
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 June 2020 on Facebook