Douthwaite History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Douthwaite is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Douthwaite family once 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 Douthwaite family

The surname Douthwaite 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 Douthwaite family

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Douthwaite Spelling Variations

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 Douthwaite family name include Douthwaite, Douthert, Douthet, Douthat, Douthit, Douthirt, Douthwrait, Dowthwaite, Dowthert, Dowthet, Dowthirt and many more.

Early Notables of the Douthwaite family (pre 1700)

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United States Douthwaite migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, 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 Douthwaite surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Douthwaite Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Douthwaite, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1803

Contemporary Notables of the name Douthwaite (post 1700) +

  • Harold Douthwaite (1900-1972), English cricketer who played for Lancashire from 1920 to 1921
  • Adam Douthwaite (b. 1985), English football player
  • Richard Douthwaite (1942-2011), British economist, ecologist, campaigner and writer, co-founder of the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability (Feasta), an Irish economic think tank. His books include "The Growth Illusion", "Short Circuit", and the "Ecology of Money"
  • Arthur Henry Douthwaite (1896-1974), British physician, Vice President of the Royal College of Physicians, foremost expert on heroin in Britain in the 1950s
  • Christopher Thomas Douthwaite (1875-1949), British socialist politician, elected to Cheshire County Council in 1937
  • Pat Douthwaite (1934-2002), Scottish artist on Facebook
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