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The original Gaelic form of Doud was O Dubhda. The first portion of the name comes from the word dubh, which means black or dark complexioned. [1]


The surname Doud was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht. King Niall, brother of Fiachra and descended from Daithi, was one of the last pagan Kings of Ireland. For centuries they were the leading sept of northern Ui Fiachrach. Their territory comprised the baronies of Erris and Tirawley in the county of Mayo and Tireagh in Sligo. [2] They were the traditional Princes of Hy-Fiachra in Connaught. [1]

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Doud are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Dowd, Duddy, Doody, O'Dowd, Dowdy, Dowdie, Doudy, Doudie, Doudd, Doodie and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doud research. Another 461 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1579, 1813, 1891, 1579, 1579, 1656 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Doud History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 53 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doud Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Doud family in North America:

Doud Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Doud, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Doud Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Doud, aged 21, arrived in Alabama in 1858
  • Thomas Doud, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876
  • Mary Doud, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Robt. J. Doud, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1892
  • Annie J. Doud, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Armagh, in 1893

Doud Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Moses Doud, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Lewy B. Doud, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • Mrs. L. B. Doud, who emigrated to America, in 1904
  • Michael Doud, aged 32, who emigrated to the United States from Fermanagh, in 1905
  • Archibald Doud, aged 25, who landed in America from Antrim, in 1905


  • Chuck Doud, American video game music composer
  • Dennis "Denny" Doud (b. 1941), American football coach and former player
  • Forrest "Jap" McCreery Doud (1905-1979), All-American football player
  • Ruby Archer Doud (1873-1961), American poet
  • Jacqueline Powers Doud, American educator, current president of Mount St. Mary's College, Los Angeles, California
  • Elivera M. Doud (1878-1960), mother of Mamie Eisenhower, wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower


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  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Doud Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doud 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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