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Doncaster Early Origins



The surname Doncaster was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Doncaster, occupied Nigel Fossard from the Count of Mortain who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086 jointly with Malger from the Percy.

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Doncaster Spelling Variations


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Doncaster Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Doncaster, Donecaster, Dancaster, Dancastere and many more.

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Doncaster Early History


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Doncaster Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doncaster research. Another 239 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1183, 1273, 1316, 1318 and 1450 are included under the topic Early Doncaster History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Doncaster Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Doncaster Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doncaster Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ann Doncaster, who arrived in Maryland in 1672

Doncaster Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Richard Doncaster, who settled in New York, NY in 1826
  • Hiram Doncaster, who settled in Oregon in 1872
  • Joseph Doncaster, who settled in Allegheny Co. Pennsylvania in 1892

Doncaster Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Doncaster, aged 40, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Breakwater" from Plymouth, England
  • Thomas Doncaster, who settled in Ontario in 1871

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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. 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).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Doncaster Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doncaster 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 8 April 2014 at 15:13.

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