The ancestors of the bearers of the Douthett family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the village of Douthwait, which was located on the border of North Lancashire
and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Douthett family
The surname Douthett 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.
Early History of the Douthett family
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Douthett Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Douthett include Douthwaite, Douthert, Douthet, Douthat, Douthit, Douthirt, Douthwrait, Dowthwaite, Dowthert, Dowthet, Dowthirt and many more.
Early Notables of the Douthett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Douthett family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Douthett or a variant listed above: Abraham Dowthwaite who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1796 with his brother Robert; William Douthwaite arrived in Philadelphia in 1803.
Contemporary Notables of the name Douthett (post 1700)
- Russell M. Douthett, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 29th District, 1960
- Lemuel Douthett, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924
- Dale Douthett, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1958
- D. M. Douthett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1920