Dowd History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The original Gaelic form of Dowd was O Dubhda. The first portion of the name comes from the word dubh, which means black or dark complexioned. [1]

Early Origins of the Dowd family

The surname Dowd was first found in County Mayo (Irish: Maigh Eo) located on the West coast of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Connacht. King Niall, brother of Fiachra and descended from Daithi, was one of the last pagan Kings of Ireland. For centuries they were the leading sept of northern Ui Fiachrach. Their territory comprised the baronies of Erris and Tirawley in the county of Mayo and Tireagh in Sligo. [2] They were the traditional Princes of Hy-Fiachra in Connaught. [1]

Important Dates for the Dowd family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowd research. Another 231 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1354, 1579, 1813, 1891, 1579, 1579, 1656 and 1706 are included under the topic Early Dowd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dowd Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Dowd revealed many variations, including Dowd, Duddy, Doody, O'Dowd, Dowdy, Dowdie, Doudy, Doudie, Doudd, Doodie and many more.

Early Notables of the Dowd family (pre 1700)

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Dowd migration to the United States

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Dowd or a variant listed above, including:

Dowd Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Dowd, who landed in Connecticut in 1639 [3]
  • Rich Dowd, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [3]
  • James Dowd, who arrived in Maryland in 1667 [3]
Dowd Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Dowd, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [3]
Dowd Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Theophilus Dowd, aged 47, who arrived in New York in 1812 [3]
  • Mary Dowd, aged 20, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [3]
  • Daniel Dowd, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852 [3]
  • M Dowd, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1855 [3]
  • Patrick Dowd, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1858 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dowd Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Dowd, who arrived in Arkansas in 1903 [3]

Dowd migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dowd Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Nancy Dowd, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Richard Dowd, aged 41, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
  • James Dowd, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • Mr. James Dowd, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Oregon" departing from the port of Killala but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [4]
  • Mr. John Dowd, aged 26 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dowd migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dowd Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Dowd, English convict from Bristol, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Theodore Dowd, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia [6]
  • Francis Dowd, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Patrick Dowd, aged 37, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
  • David Dowd, aged 15, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Dowd migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dowd Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Dowd, British settler, as the 2nd Detachment of New Zealand Corps of Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Minerva" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 8th October 1847 [7]
  • Mary Dowd, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Portland" in 1864
  • John Dowd, aged 30, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Margaret Dowd, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rakaia" in 1878
  • Charles Dowd, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1880
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dowd (post 1700)

  • Douglas Fitzgerald Dowd (1919-2017), American political economist, economic historian and political activist
  • David Dudley Dowd Jr. (1929-2016), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1996-2016)
  • Clark Wayne Dowd (1941-2016), American politician and lawyer, Arkansas State Senator (1978-2000)
  • William Richmond Dowd (1922-2008), American harpsichord maker
  • Bernard J. Dowd (1891-1971), American politician, Mayor of the City of Buffalo, New York (1946-1949)
  • Ann Dowd (b. 1956), American film, television, and theatre actress
  • Charles F. Dowd (1825-1904), American educator who proposed multiple United States time zones
  • James Thomas "Jim" Dowd (b. 1968), American NHL player
  • Maureen Dowd (b. 1952), American columnist and journalist who won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary
  • Robert Dowd (1936-1996), American painter
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1851 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1851
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Western Australia, Australia in 1855 with 261 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1855
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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