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The Anglo-Saxon 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.

Dowdeswell Early Origins



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.

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Dowdeswell Spelling Variations


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Dowdeswell Spelling Variations



Dowdeswell has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.

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Dowdeswell Early History


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Dowdeswell Early History



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.

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Dowdeswell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dowdeswell Early Notables (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.

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Dowdeswell In Ireland


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Dowdeswell In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowdeswell (post 1700)


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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 (17921797), Governor of the Bahamas (17971801)
  • 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)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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    The Dowdeswell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowdeswell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 18 September 2013 at 10:03.

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