Douthwright History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Douthwright family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Douthwright comes from when the 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 Douthwright family

The surname Douthwright 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 Douthwright family

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Douthwright Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Douthwright has appeared include Douthwaite, Douthert, Douthet, Douthat, Douthit, Douthirt, Douthwrait, Dowthwaite, Dowthert, Dowthet, Dowthirt and many more.

Early Notables of the Douthwright family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Douthwright family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Douthwright arrived in North America very early: 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 Douthwright (post 1700) +

  • Mark Douthwright, American cameraman and visual effects specialist, known for his work on The Ripping Friends (2001-2002) and Dream on Silly Dreamer in 2005
  • Joyce Douthwright, Canadian basketball player at the 1976 Summer Olympics on Facebook
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