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The surname Dotson was first found in Cheshire, but "there appears to be no pos-Conquest traces of the [ Domesday Book reference of] Dodeson; the modern Dodson is due to a simplification of the medial 'dgs' or Dodgson."  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."  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.)"  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 and Balterus filius Dude, Walterus Dudde in the 11 century. Aluinus Dode, Dodeson was also listed in the Domesday Book in Hertfordshire. 
Spelling variations of this family name include: Doddson, Dodson, Dotson, Doddson, Dodson and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dotson research. Another 191 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1740 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Dotson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dotson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dotson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dotson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Dotson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
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.
The Dotson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dotson 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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