Ireland already had an established system of hereditary surnames when the Strongbownians arrived. Often the two traditions blended together quite well due to some of their basic similarities, but the incoming Anglo-Norman system brought in some forms that were uncommon amongst the Irish. One of these Anglo-Norman anomalies was the prevalence of local surnames, such as Dowdle. Local names were taken from the names of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. Originally, the place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname if the place name began with a vowel or was eliminated entirely. The local surnames of these Strongbownian invaders referred to places in Normandy, or more typically England, but eventually for those Anglo- Normans that remained in Ireland, the nicknames referred to places or geographical features of the island: they became true local names. The Dowdle family appears to have originally lived in a place called Dovedale or Dowdale in Yorkshire. The surname Dowdle belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The Gaelic form of the Dowdle surname is Dubhdal, this is one of the few instances where the element dubh is not derived from the adjective which means black.
Early Origins of the Dowdle family
Yorkshire, 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 Dowdle family
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Dowdle Spelling Variations
Spelling variations for the name Dowdle include: Dowdall, Dovedale, Dowdale, Dowdell, Dowdle and others.
Early Notables of the Dowdle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dowdle family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Dowdle:
Dowdle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Dowdle (post 1700)
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