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The name Douthard is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived in the village of Douthwait, which was located on the border of North Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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The surname Douthard was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Douthard family name include Douthwaite, Douthert, Douthet, Douthat, Douthit, Douthirt, Douthwrait, Dowthwaite, Dowthert, Dowthet, Dowthirt and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Douthard research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Douthard History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Douthard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Douthard surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Douthard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Douthard, who landed in Maryland in 1831

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The Douthard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Douthard 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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