The Irish surnames in use today are underpinned by a multitude of rich histories. The name Dowding originally appeared in Gaelic as O Dubhdin, O Dubhdain, or O Dubhdaing. In each of these possibilities, the first portion of the name is derived from the word dubh, which means black, while the second portion probably comes from some obsolete Irish personal name
Early Origins of the Dowding family
The surname Dowding was first found in Dublin
(Irish: Áth Cliath) located on the east coast of Ireland
in the province of Leinster
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Dowding family
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Dowding Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations
during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name Dowding include Dowding, Douding and others.
Early Notables of the Dowding family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dowding family to the New World and Oceana
Many destitute Irish families
in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Dowding were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists: Ann Douding who settled in Maryland in 1680.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dowding (post 1700)
- Keith Dowding, Professor of Political Science at the London School of Economics
- Peter McCallum Dowding (b. 1943), 24th Premier of Western Australia
- Derek Dowding, Consulting Engineer
- Hugh Caswall Tremenheere Dowding GCB GCVO CMG (1882-1970), Scottish officer in the Royal Air Force. He was the commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain
Historic Events for the Dowding family
HMS Royal Oak
- Percy William George Dowding (1920-1939), British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html