Dousten is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname that came from the personal names Douce
name is augmented by the suffix -son, which superseded the other patronymic suffixes in prominence by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of England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 Dousten family
The surname Dousten was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Dousten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dousten research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1327, 1349, 1379, 1573, 1596, 1668 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Dousten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dousten Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, 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. Dousten has been recorded under many different variations, including Dowson, Douson, Doweson, Dowsoun, Douseson, Douceson and many more.
Early Notables of the Dousten family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Dowsing (1596-1668) was an English iconoclast under orders in 1643 which stated that "all Monuments of Superstition and Idolatry should be removed and abolished", specifying: "fixed altars, altar rails, chancel... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dousten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dousten 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 Dousten 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.