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Where did the English Douthitt family come from? What is the English Douthitt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Douthitt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Douthitt family history?

The name Douthitt is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes 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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Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Douthitt were recorded, including Douthwaite, Douthert, Douthet, Douthat, Douthit, Douthirt, Douthwrait, Dowthwaite, Dowthert, Dowthet, Dowthirt and many more.

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.


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

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

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To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Douthitt family emigrate to North America:

Douthitt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Harry Douthitt, aged 36, who landed in America, in 1915
  • Irma Douthitt, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1915

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