Anglo-Saxon name Dowderswell comes from when the family resided in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Dowderswell is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Dowderswell family
Hampshire 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.
Early History of the Dowderswell family
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Dowderswell Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dowderswell has been recorded under many different variations, including Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Dowderswell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dowderswell family to Ireland
Some of the Dowderswell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dowderswell family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dowderswell or a variant listed above: James Dodwell who settled in Philadelphia in 1861.
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