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Where did the English Douwes family come from? What is the English Douwes family crest and coat of arms? When did the Douwes family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Douwes family history?

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Douwes came from the baptismal name for the son of David.

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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 Douwes family name include Dawes, Dawe, Daw, Daws, Douwes, Dohse and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Douwes research. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) covering the year 1212 is included under the topic Early Douwes History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Douwes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Douwes family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Douwes surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Dawes who settled in Massachusetts about the year 1623; and another William Dawes settled in New England in the year 1623. In Newfoundland, George Dawe was in possession of property at Port de Grave which had been in his family from 1595.

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The Douwes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Douwes Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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