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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Dovey family, whose name comes from the Norman personal name Tofig.

Dovey Early Origins



The surname Dovey was first found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from early times. "Tovus, otherwise known as Tovi, came to England with the Conqueror, and acquired several manors in Norfolk. The name is found in [the] Domesday [Book] as Tovi or Tovius." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Dovey Spelling Variations


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Dovey Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Tovey, Tovy and others.

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Dovey Early History


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Dovey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dovey research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 106 and 1066 are included under the topic Early Dovey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dovey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dovey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dovey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Dovey or a variant listed above:

Dovey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Dovey, aged 33, who emigrated to the United States from Ballymote, in 1895

Dovey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Charles E. Dovey, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Brantford England, in 1907
  • Edna Grace Dovey, aged 12, who landed in America from Worcester, England, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Dovey, aged 39, who settled in America from Worcester, England, in 1907
  • Gladys Meta Dovey, aged 7, who landed in America from Worcester, England, in 1907
  • James John Dovey, aged 60, who settled in America from Wolverhampton, England, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dovey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dovey (post 1700)



  • John Dovey, American baseball executive, co-owner of the Boston Doves of the National League (1907 to 1909)
  • George Dovey (d. 1909), American baseball executive, co-owner of the Boston Doves of the National League (1907 to 1909)
  • Alice Dovey (1884-1969), American actress and comedienne
  • Kim Dovey, Australian architectural critic, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of Melbourne
  • Ceridwen Dovey (b. 1980), South African-Australian anthropologist and author
  • Wilfred Robert "Bill" Dovey KC (1894-1969), Australian judge of the Supreme Court of New South Wales (1953 to 1964)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Dovey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dovey 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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