The ancient Anglo-Saxon
surname Douwes came from the baptismal name for the son of David.
Early Origins of the Douwes family
The surname Douwes was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Douwes family
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Douwes 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 Douwes family name include Dawes, Dawe, Daw, Daws, Douwes, Dohse and others.
Early Notables of the Douwes family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Douwes family to Ireland
Some of the Douwes family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Douwes family to the New World and Oceana
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.