Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to a person who was considered brave and strong. The surname Douty originally derived from the Old English word doughty or dohti. The surname Douty is associated with the broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or features of animals.
Early Origins of the Douty family
Suffolk 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 Douty family
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Douty Spelling Variations
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 Douty were recorded, including Doughty, Doughtie, Dowtie, Dowty and others.
Early Notables of the Douty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Douty 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 Douty family emigrate to North America:
Douty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Douty Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Douty (post 1700)
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