name Dowdeswell comes from the family having resided in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Dowdeswell 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 Dowdeswell family
The surname Dowdeswell 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 Dowdeswell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowdeswell 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 Dowdeswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowdeswell Spelling Variations
Dowdeswell has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Dowdeswell 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 Dowdeswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowdeswell family to Ireland
Some of the Dowdeswell 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 Dowdeswell family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Dowdeswells to arrive on North American shores:
Dowdeswell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- William Dowdeswell, who landed in Colorado in 1906 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Dowdeswell (post 1700)
- William Edward Dowdeswell (1841-1893), English Conservative politician, Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury (1865-1866)
- Colin Dowdeswell (b. 1955), English former professional tennis player from London
- Lieutenant-General William Dowdeswell (1760-1828), British soldier and politician, Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury (1792–1797), Governor of the Bahamas (1797–1801)
- William Dowdeswell (1804-1870), British Conservative Party politician, Member of Parliament for Tewkesbury (1835-1847)
- Roger Dowdeswell (b. 1944), former professional tennis player from Zimbabwe
- William Dowdeswell PC (1721-1775), British politician, Chancellor of the Exchequer (1765-1766)