Doncaster History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Doncaster family

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] 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.

Early History of the Doncaster family

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Doncaster Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Doncaster family (pre 1700)

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United States Doncaster migration to the United States +

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

Canada Doncaster migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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


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


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