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Dorsett is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was a good-tempered person. The surname Dorsett is derived from the Old English words douce and dowce, which mean sweet, pleasant. These words, which later became doux, were ultimately derived from the Old French words dolz and dous, which had the same meaning. As a personal name, Dorsett was often given to females and occasionally was borne by males.

Dorsett Early Origins



The surname Dorsett was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Dorsett Spelling Variations


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Dorsett Spelling Variations



Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dorsett include Dowse, Dowcett, Dowsett, Dorset, Dorsett, Dowser, Dowsey and many more.

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Dorsett Early History


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Dorsett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dorsett research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorsett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dorsett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dorsett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include William Dowse of Collingborn; Edward Dowse (1582-1648), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648; and Thomas Dowse,( c. 1630-1683), also...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dorsett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dorsett In Ireland


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Dorsett In Ireland



Some of the Dorsett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dorsett were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Dorsett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jon Dorsett, who landed in Virginia in 1643
  • Mark Dorsett, who arrived in Maryland in 1657

Dorsett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Nancy Dorsett, aged 31, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • William Dorsett, aged 24, a carrier, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Oriental,"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dorsett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dorsett (post 1700)



  • Anthony Drew Dorsett Jr. (b. 1973), American NFL football safety, son of the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett
  • Brian Richard Dorsett (b. 1961), American retired Major League Baseball player who played from 1987 to 1996
  • Katie G. Dorsett (b. 1932), American politician, Member of the North Carolina Senate (2003-2010)
  • Tony Dorsett (b. 1954), American actor, known for his role in Blood Equity (2009), NFL Monday Night Football (1970) and Battle of the Network Stars XIV (1983)
  • Emily Dorsett, American actress
  • David John "Jack" Dorsett (b. 1956), American Vice President for Cyber and C4 at Northrop Grumman, retired vice admiral of the U.S. Navy
  • Anthony "Tony" Drew Dorsett (b. 1954), American former NFL football running back, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the College Football Hall of Fame
  • Martha Angle Dorsett (1851-1918), born Martha A. Angle, the first woman admitted to the bar in the state of Minnesota
  • Joseph Arthur Harold "Joe" Dorsett (1888-1951), English professional footballer who played from 1908 to 1921
  • George Dorsett (1881-1943), English footballer who played from 1901 to 1912, brother of Joe Dorsett
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    7. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    11. ...

    The Dorsett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dorsett 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.

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