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The origins of the Dotay surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a person who was considered brave and strong. The surname Dotay originally derived from the Old English word doughty or dohti. The surname Dotay is associated with the broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or features of animals.

Early Origins of the Dotay family


The surname Dotay was first found in Suffolk 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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Early History of the Dotay family

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Early History of the Dotay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dotay research.
Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1545, 1578, 1577, 1599, 1655 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Dotay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dotay Spelling Variations

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Dotay Spelling Variations


The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dotay has been spelled many different ways, including Doughty, Doughtie, Dowtie, Dowty and others.

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Early Notables of the Dotay family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Dotay family (pre 1700)


Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Doughty (1545-1578), an English nobleman, soldier, scholar and personal secretary of Christopher Hatton. His association with Francis Drake, on a 1577 voyage to interfere with Spanish treasure...
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dotay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Migration of the Dotay family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Dotay family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dotays to arrive in North America: Anne and Thomas Doughty who settled in Virginia in 1623; Francis Doughty settled in New England in 1630; Phillip Doughty arrived in Boston in 1774; another Anne Doughty settled in Virginia in 1736. Doughty's Falls were probably named after Thomas Doughty a settler from Berwick in 1657..

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