Show ContentsDoty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Doty comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name for a person who was considered brave and strong. The surname Doty originally derived from the Old English word doughty or dohti which meant valiant, hardy, manly. [1]

Most sources agree that this is the generally accepted origin of the name. However, one source claims the name to be Norman in origin as the Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae notes William de Oughtia, Normandy 1180, 1198. [2]

Early Origins of the Doty family

The surname Doty was first found in Yorkshire where early spellings of the name varied greatly.

By example, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included: Johanna Doughti; Johannes Doughty, taylour; and Adam Doughty. In the East Riding of Yorkshire, the Poll Tax Rolls for Howdenshire included Robertus Dughty and Johannes Dughti. [3]

While most of the records of the name come from Yorkshire, we must look to Bedfordshire for the first record. For it is here that William Douti held lands as listed in the Assize Rolls in 1247. Later, William Doughty was listed in Leicestershire in 1300 and John Dughti was listed as a Freeman of York in 1314. [4]

Early History of the Doty family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doty research. Another 116 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1365, 1533, 1545, 1578, 1577, 1598, 1672, 1598, 1613, 1599, 1655 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Doty History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doty Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Doty has undergone many spelling variations, including Doughty, Doughtie, Dowtie, Dowty and others.

Early Notables of the Doty 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 fleets, ended in a shipboard trial for treason and witchcraft and Doughty's execution. John Doughtie...
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Doty Ranking

In the United States, the name Doty is the 1,853rd most popular surname with an estimated 17,409 people with that name. [5]

United States Doty migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Doty were among those contributors:

Doty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Doty, who landed in Massachusetts in 1620 [6]
Doty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • E H Doty, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
  • J L Doty, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [6]

Canada Doty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Doty, who landed in Canada in 1784

Contemporary Notables of the name Doty (post 1700) +

  • Kathryn Elizabeth Doty (1920-2016), née Hohn, also known by her stage names Kathryn Adams or Kathryn Adams Doty, an American actress, perhaps best remembered for her role as "Mrs. Brown", the young mother in Alfred Hitchcock's Saboteur (1942)
  • William T. Doty, American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Orange County 2nd District, 1913; Defeated, 1921 [7]
  • William N. Doty, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for New York State Assembly from Bronx County 4th District, 1917
  • William G. Doty (1852-1919), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1891-93
  • William Furman Doty (b. 1870), American politician, U.S. Consul in Tahiti, 1902-06; Tabriz, 1906-10; Riga, 1910-11; Nassau, 1914-17; Cardiff, 1919; Stoke-on-Trent, 1920;
  • Stephen A. Doty, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Hillsdale County, 1916 [7]
  • V. A. Doty, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oklahoma, 1948 [7]
  • Samuel S. Doty, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1850
  • Samuel Doty (1795-1878), American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Washtenaw County, 1838
  • Russell L. Doty, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Montana State Senate 28th District, 2010 [7]
  • ... (Another 43 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Doty +

  • The Doty-Doten Family in America: Descendants of Edward Doty, An Emigrant By the Mayflower, 1620 by Ethan Allen Doty.
  • The James Alfred Doty Descendants of Edward Doty, A Mayflower Passenger, 1620 by Ervin A. Doty.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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 on Facebook