Doulin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Doulin surname is a habitational name, taken on from Dowland in Devon. This place takes its name from the Old English word "du-fe," meaning "dove," and "land" meaning "land," or "an estate." [1]

Early Origins of the Doulin family

The surname Doulin was first found in Yorkshire where "the instance seems to imply another Dowland in that county, especially as the surname is fairly familiar in the North." [2]

Dowland is also a parish in Devon which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Duuelande. [3]

But we must again look to Yorkshire for the first record of the family; for it was there that Willelmus de Dowland was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Early History of the Doulin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doulin research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, 1490, 1563, 1626, 1584, 1588, 1592, 1597, 1610, 1626 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Doulin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doulin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dowland, Douland, Dowlind, Dowlan, Doulin, Dowlman and many more.

Early Notables of the Doulin family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Thomas Dowland (1490s), a master mason, who built the west tower of the Holy Cross Guild Chapel at Stratford-on-Avon. John Dowland (1563-1626), was an English composer, singer and virtuoso lutenist, said to have been born at Westminster. In 1584 he visited France and Germany, and, after remaining some months in the latter country, crossed the Alps into Italy. Having returned to England he, in 1588, took the degree of Bachelor of Music at Oxford, and was subsequently admitted to the same degree at Cambridge. In 1592 he was one of the musicians engaged in harmonizing the...
Another 122 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doulin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Doulin migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doulin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Nick Doulin, aged 3, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [4]
  • Ann Doulin, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850 [4]

Canada Doulin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doulin Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Margaret Doulin, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Bryan Doulin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Doulin, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Contemporary Notables of the name Doulin (post 1700) +

  • William E. Doulin, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964 (alternate), 1972


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ 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)


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