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Dowden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Dowden originally appeared in Gaelic as O Dubhdin, O Dubhdain, or O Dubhdaing. In each of these possibilities, the first portion of the name is derived from the word dubh, which means black, while the second portion probably comes from some obsolete Irish personal name.

Early Origins of the Dowden family


The surname Dowden was first found in Dublin (Irish: Áth Cliath) located on the east coast of Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Dowden family


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Dowden Spelling Variations


During the Middle Ages, a standardized literary language known by the general population of Ireland was a thing of fiction. When a person's name was recorded by one of the few literate scribes, it was up that particular scribe to decide how to spell an individual's name. So a person could have several spelling variations of his name recorded during a single lifetime. Research into the name Dowden revealed many variations, including Dowding, Douding and others.

Early Notables of the Dowden family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dowden family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dowden Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Dowden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  • Charles Dowden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm
  • Elizabeth Dowden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1849 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm
  • Edward Dowden, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harpley" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  • John Dowden, aged 39, a mason, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Magdalena" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/magdalena1853.shtml
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Dowden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Dowden, aged 38, a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Sarah Dowden, aged 39, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Sarah Jane Dowden, aged 10, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Mary Louise Dowden, aged 9, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • Lucy L. Dowden, aged 7, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Waipa" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dowden (post 1700)


  • Stephen "Steve" Dowden (b. 1929), American former NFL tackle from Natchitoches, Louisiana
  • Corey Dowden (b. 1968), American former NFL defensive back from New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Hester Dowden (1868-1949), Irish spiritualist medium, notable for having claimed to contact the spirits of Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare and other writers, daughter of Edward Dowden
  • John Dowden (1840-1910), Irish prelate, Bishop of Edinburgh (1886-1910)
  • Edward Dowden (1843-1913), Irish critic and poet
  • Ken Dowden (b. 1950), English Professor of Classics and Head of School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham

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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DAVID MALCOLM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DavidMalcolm.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARPLEY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Harpley.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Friday 26th August 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Magdalena 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/magdalena1853.shtml

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