Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the personal names Douce and Dow. This patronymic name is augmented by the suffix -son, which superseded the other patronymic suffixes in prominence by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of England.
Early Origins of the Douceson family
Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Douceson family
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Douceson Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Douceson has been recorded under many different variations, including Dowson, Douson, Doweson, Dowsoun, Douseson, Douceson and many more.
Early Notables of the Douceson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Douceson family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Douceson or a variant listed above: Gilbert Dowson who settled in Virginia in 1637; George Dowson settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774; Martha Down settled in America in 1763; R.H. Dowson settled in Maryland in 1820.
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