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Douthwrait History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Douthwrait family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having 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 Douthwrait family

The surname Douthwrait 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 Douthwrait family

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Douthwrait Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Douthwrait include Douthwaite, Douthert, Douthet, Douthat, Douthit, Douthirt, Douthwrait, Dowthwaite, Dowthert, Dowthet, Dowthirt and many more.

Early Notables of the Douthwrait family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Douthwrait family to the New World and Oceana

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Douthwrait were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Douthwrait Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Douthwrait, who settled in Barnstable Massachusetts in 1822

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