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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 Dowdell. 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 Dowdell family appears to have originally lived in a place called Dovedale or Dowdale in Yorkshire. The surname Dowdell 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 Dowdell surname is Dubhdal, this is one of the few instances where the element dubh is not derived from the adjective which means black.

Dowdell Early Origins



The surname Dowdell 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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Dowdell Spelling Variations


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Dowdell Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Dowdell, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Dowdall, Dovedale, Dowdale, Dowdell, Dowdle and others.

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Dowdell Early History


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Dowdell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowdell 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 Dowdell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowdell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dowdell 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 Dowdell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Dowdell:

Dowdell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Dowdell, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • William Dowdell who settled in New England in 1761

Dowdell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Kate Dowdell, aged 23, who settled in America from Williamstown, Ireland, in 1907
  • Mary Dowdell, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States from Williamstown, Ireland, in 1907
  • John Dowdell, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1909
  • Cathenne Dowdell, aged 46, who landed in America from Ireland, in 1911
  • Elizabeth Dowdell, aged 27, who emigrated to America from Ireland, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowdell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowdell (post 1700)



  • Rel Dowdell, American screenwriter, film director, film producer, and screenwriting educator
  • James Render Dowdell (1847-1921), American jurist, the 20th Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court (1909 to 1914)
  • Zabian Dowdell (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
  • Robert Dowdell (b. 1933), American television and stage actor
  • Jeffery Dowdell (b. 1987), Australian basketball player
  • Ben Dowdell (b. 1988), Australian rules footballer
  • James Ferguson Dowdell (1818-1871), American academic, the second President of the East Alabama College

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Dowdell Historic Events


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Dowdell Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. William F S Dowdell (b. 1908), English Leading Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Gosport, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Elizabeth Dowdell, aged 31, American Third Class passenger from New York City, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 13

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    2. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dowdell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowdell 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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