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.
Early Origins of the Douthitt family
The surname Douthitt 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 Douthitt family
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Douthitt Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Douthitt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Douthitt family to the New World and Oceana
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Douthitt (post 1700)
- Mrs. J. C. Douthitt, American Democrat politician, Member of Nebraska Democratic State Executive Committee, 1940
- Carl C. Douthitt, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Cabell County, 1942