The Dowdeswel name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. Their name comes from having lived in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Dowdeswel 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 Dowdeswel family
The surname Dowdeswel was first found in 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 Dowdeswel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowdeswel research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1673, 1660, 1683, 1678, 1682, 1728, 1712, 1722, 1648, 1641 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Dowdeswel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowdeswel Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Dowdeswel has undergone many spelling variations
, including Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Dowdeswel family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Dodwell of Dublin; Richard Dowdeswell (1601-1673), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660, an active Royalist... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowdeswel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowdeswel family to Ireland
Some of the Dowdeswel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowdeswel family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dowdeswel were among those contributors: James Dodwell who settled in Philadelphia in 1861.