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Dorchester Early Origins



The surname Dorchester was first found in Oxfordshire 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 Dorchester which were held by Bricteva, a Norman noble, as under-tenant from the Bishop of Lincoln who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. Dorchester was a large village my Domesday standards, having 5 Mills, and 51 sticks (rights) of Eels.

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Dorchester Spelling Variations


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Dorchester Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Dorchester, Dorcester, Dossiter, Dossitor, Dossetter, Dosseter, Dossiter and many more.

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Dorchester Early History


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Dorchester Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorchester research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1297, 1524, and 1568 are included under the topic Early Dorchester History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dorchester Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dorchester Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dorchester Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dorchester Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anthony Dorchester, who came to Springfield, Massachusetts in 1649
  • Anthony Dorchester, who landed in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1649

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dorchester (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dorchester (post 1700)



  • Dudley Carleton Viscount Dorchester (1573-1632), English statesman and diplomat

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Dorchester Family Crest Products


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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. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Dorchester Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorchester 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 31 October 2015 at 01:02.

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