The origins of the Dowdswell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Dowdswell 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 Dowdswell family
The surname Dowdswell 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 Dowdswell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowdswell 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 Dowdswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowdswell Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dowdswell were recorded, including Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Dowdswell 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 Dowdswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowdswell family to Ireland
Some of the Dowdswell 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 Dowdswell family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dowdswell family emigrate to North America: James Dodwell who settled in Philadelphia in 1861.