Doughty History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Doughty is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who was considered brave and strong. The surname Doughty 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 Doughty family

The surname Doughty 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 Doughty family

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Doughty Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Doughty have been found, including Doughty, Doughtie, Dowtie, Dowty and others.

Early Notables of the Doughty 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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United States Doughty migration to the United States +

Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Doughty, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:

Doughty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Anne and Thomas Doughty who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Doughty, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • Ann Doughty, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [5]
  • Francis Doughty, who settled in New England in 1630
  • Francis Doughty, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1639 [5]
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Doughty Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jane Doughty, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]
  • Anne Doughty, who settled in Virginia in 1736
  • Phillip Doughty, who arrived in Boston in 1774
Doughty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anthony Doughty, who arrived in America in 1801 [5]
  • William Mason Doughty, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [5]
  • John Doughty, who arrived in Indiana in 1852 [5]
  • Frederick Doughty, aged 24, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1873 [5]

Canada Doughty migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doughty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. James Douty U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [6]
Doughty Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • George Doughty, who arrived in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Australia Doughty migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Doughty Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Ishmael Doughty, aged 18, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Anglia" [7]

New Zealand Doughty migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Doughty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Doughty, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • Charles George Doughty, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Olympus
  • Mr. Doughty, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 [8]
  • Mr. Charles George Doughty, (b. 1815), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Olympus" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 20th April 1841 [8]
  • Charles George Doughty, aged 25, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
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Contemporary Notables of the name Doughty (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Doughty (1793-1856), American landscape artist
  • Joseph Doughty (1754-1826), American militia general
  • George Wilbur Doughty, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1916 [9]
  • Eugene S. Doughty, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Somerset County, 1851-52; Member of New Jersey State Senate from Somerset County, 1882-84 [9]
  • Elias Doughty, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Cumberland County, 1857 [9]
  • Edgar M. Doughty, American politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 8th District, 1915 [9]
  • Clarence Harvey Doughty, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Valparaiso, 1918-21 [9]
  • Charles Doughty, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Kings County, 1784-88, 1791-92 [9]
  • C. T. Doughty, American politician, Member of South Dakota State Senate 20th District, 1905-06 [9]
  • Asa B. Doughty, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 22nd District, 1889-90 [9]
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HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Fred A Doughty, British Engine Room Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. W. Doughty (d. 1912), aged 22, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [11]


  1. ^ Lowe, 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. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ANGLIA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/anglia1852.shtml
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 14) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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