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
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
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Dowdeswel Spelling Variations
spelling variations, including Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Dowdeswel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dowdeswel family to Ireland
Some of the Dowdeswel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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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.
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