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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." [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.)" [2] 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. [1]

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


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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.

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Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dotson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dotson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Abra Dotson, who came to Virginia in 1663
  • Abra Dotson, who landed in Virginia in 1663

Dotson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Janet Dotson, aged 30, who emigrated to America, in 1905
  • Mrs. W.C. Dotson, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Pauline Dotson, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Florence Dotson, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
  • Annie Dotson, aged 21, who settled in America from Tonypandy, Wales, in 1911


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  • Robert Charles "Bob" Dotson (b. 1946), American broadcast journalist for NBC News
  • Amber Dotson, American country music artist
  • Alphonse Alan Dotson (b. 1943), former American football defensive tackle
  • Lt. William A. Dotson (d. 1964), former Officer in Charge of the Ice Reconnaissance Unit of the Naval Oceanographic Office, eponym of the Dotson Ice Shelf, Antarctica
  • Carlton Dotson, former American basketball player
  • Delon Dotson, American technologist and businessman, CEO and founder of PalmTree Technology
  • Earl Christopher Dotson, American NFL offensive tackle
  • Richard Elliott Dotson (b. 1959), former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball


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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.

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  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, Flavia Hodges, Mills A.D., Room Adrian, The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  5. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  6. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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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