Dotson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dotson family

The surname Dotson was first found in Cheshire, but "there appears to be no post-Conquest traces of the [ Domesday Book reference of] Dodeson; the modern Dodson is due to a simplification of the medial 'dgs' or Dodgson." [1]

There is no doubt that the "son" suffix denoted a patronymic extension of the root name "Dodd" or "Dodge." In the case of the former, Dodd is derived from the "Middle English personal name Dode, Dudde, Old English Dodda, Dudda, which remained in fairly widespread and frequent use in England until the 14th century." [2]

In the case of the latter, Dodge is derived "from the Middle English given name Dogge, a pet for of Roger; [and] possibly a nickname from the Middle English dogge (dog.)" [3]

As far as records of the surname and its early spellings, we found: Brictricus filius Doddi listed in the Domesday Book of 1086 in Worcestershire [4] and Balterus filius Dude, Walterus Dudde in the 11 century. Aluinus Dode, Dodeson was also listed in the Domesday Book in Hertfordshire. [1]

Early History of the Dotson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dotson research. Another 96 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1740, 1793, 1757, 1780, 1858, 1807, 1780, 1790, 1801, 1804, 1808, 1808, 1732, 1799, 1732, 1754, 1783, 1770, 1799 and 1778 are included under the topic Early Dotson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dotson Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Doddson, Dodson, Dotson, Doddson, Dodson and others.

Early Notables of the Dotson family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Anthony Dod; and Thaddeus Dod (1740-1793), a prominent Presbyterian minister in Western Pennsylvania. He is one of the founders of Washington & Jefferson College. James Dodson (d. 1757), teacher of the mathematics and master of the Royal Mathematical School, Christ's Hospital, is known chiefly by his work on 'The Anti-Logarithmic Canon' and 'The Mathematical Miscellany.' Of his early life nothing is known, except that his contemporary, Dr. Matthew Maty, in his 'Mémoire sur la vie et sur les écrits de M. A. de Moivre,' enumerated Dodson among 'les disciples qu'il a...
Another 220 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dotson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dotson Ranking

In the United States, the name Dotson is the 760th most popular surname with an estimated 39,792 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Dotson family to Ireland

Some of the Dotson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dotson migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dotson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Abra Dotson, who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Abra Dotson, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [6]
Dotson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Janet Dotson, aged 30, who immigrated to America, in 1905
  • Mrs. W.C. Dotson, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Pauline Dotson, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Florence Dotson, aged 5, who immigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Annie Dotson, aged 21, who settled in America from Tonypandy, Wales, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dotson (post 1700) +

  • W. S. Dotson, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1964 [7]
  • Susan M. Dotson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1996 [7]
  • Steven D. Dotson, American politician, Representative from Missouri 9th District, 2000
  • S. C. Dotson, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Nicholas County, 1915-16
  • Russell G. Dotson, American politician, Mayor of Grafton, West Virginia, 1947-49
  • Ron Dotson, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Oviedo, Florida, 2001
  • Rosetta Dotson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1984 [7]
  • Rhoda Dotson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972 [7]
  • John I. Dotson, American politician, Mayor of Wichita, Kansas, 1941-42
  • Jack R. Dotson, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2000 [7]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Dotson Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: In Copia Cautus
Motto Translation: Careful amid plenty.


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  3. ^ Hanks Patricia, Flavia Hodges, Mills A.D., Room Adrian, The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7)
  4. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, September 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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