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Where did the Welsh Dotson family come from? What is the Welsh Dotson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dotson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dotson family history?


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

First found in Cheshire, 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 The name Dotson is a patronymic derived from the name Dodd.


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

  • 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


  • Delon Dotson, American technologist and businessman, CEO and founder of PalmTree Technology
  • Carlton Dotson, former American basketball player
  • 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
  • Bob Dotson (b. 1946), American television news correspondent
  • Richard Elliott Dotson (b. 1959), former right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball
  • Earl Christopher Dotson, American NFL offensive tackle


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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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.

This page was last modified on 29 March 2015 at 08:28.

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