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Ireland already had an established system of hereditary surnames when the Strongbownians arrived. Often the two traditions blended together quite well due to some of their basic similarities, but the incoming Anglo-Norman system brought in some forms that were uncommon amongst the Irish. One of these Anglo-Norman anomalies was the prevalence of local surnames, such as Dowdall. Local names were taken from the names of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. Originally, the place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname if the place name began with a vowel or was eliminated entirely. The local surnames of these Strongbownian invaders referred to places in Normandy, or more typically England, but eventually for those Anglo- Normans that remained in Ireland, the nicknames referred to places or geographical features of the island: they became true local names. The Dowdall family appears to have originally lived in a place called Dovedale or Dowdale in Yorkshire. The surname Dowdall belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The Gaelic form of the Dowdall surname is Dubhdal, this is one of the few instances where the element dubh is not derived from the adjective which means black.

Dowdall Early Origins



The surname Dowdall was first found in Yorkshire, 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.

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Dowdall Spelling Variations


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Dowdall Spelling Variations



During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Dowdall include Dowdall, Dovedale, Dowdale, Dowdell, Dowdle and others.

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Dowdall Early History


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Dowdall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowdall research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1482, 1600, 1584, 1487, 1558, 1658 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Dowdall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowdall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dowdall Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Sir Robert Dowdall (died 1482), an Irish judge who held the office of Chief Justice of the Irish Common Pleas; Christopher Dowdall of Castle Dowdall; Sir William Dowdall of Kilfinny, County Limerick; James Dowdall (d. 1600)...

Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowdall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great number of Irish families left their homeland in the late 18th century and throughout the 19th century, migrating to such far away lands as Australia and North Ameri ca. The early settlers left after much planning and deliberation. They were generally well off but they desired a tract of land that they could farm solely for themselves. The great mass of immigrants to arrive on North American shores in the 1840s differed greatly from their predecessors because many of them were utterly destitute, selling all they had to gain a passage on a ship or having their way paid by a philanthropic society. These Irish people were trying to escape the aftermath of the Great Potato Famine: poverty, starvation, disease, and, for many, ultimately death. Those that arrived on North American shores were not warmly welcomed by the established population, but they were vital to the rapid development of the industry, agriculture, and infrastructure of the infant nations of the United States and what would become Canada. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Irish settlers bearing the name Dowdall:

Dowdall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Dowdall settled in Virginia in 1788
  • Anne Dowdall, who arrived in New York in 1794

Dowdall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Dowdall, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Charles, James, and William Dowdall, arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870

Dowdall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Dowdall, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Betty Dowdall, aged 28, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Mary Dowdall, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Judy Dowdall, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Margaret Dowdall, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dowdall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Dowdall, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826

Dowdall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Dowdall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866
  • Lucy Dowdall arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Chile" in 1866

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowdall (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowdall (post 1700)



  • Jane Dowdall (1899-1974), Irish Fianna Fáil politician, nurse and company director
  • Thomas Dowdall (1870-1942), Irish politician and company director
  • Charlie Dowdall (b. 1898), Irish footballer
  • Henry Arthur "Harry" Dowdall (1872-1913), Australian rules footballer

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Andromeda voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1826 with 147 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1826

Other References

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  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Dowdall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowdall 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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