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The surname Dowell was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat in this wild and romantic highland territory. Their territories were first located in Badenoch and they became associated as a sept of Donald Clan. Allegiances were important in this terrain.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Doull, Doul, Dowill, Dowl, Dowell, Duill, Doule and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowell research. Another 220 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1606 is included under the topic Early Dowell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dowell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dowell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Dowell, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • John Dowell, who arrived in North Carolina in 1753
  • William Dowell, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1787

Dowell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Dowell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • Alexander Dowell, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • R Dowell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Richard Dowell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1872

Dowell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Dowell, a slater, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832

Dowell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George W. Dowell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Owen Glendowner" in 1864
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  • Joe Dowell (1940-2016), American pop singer, best known for his rendition of the song Wooden Heart
  • Horace Kirby "Saxie" Dowell (1904-1974), American jazz and pop music bandleader
  • Jacob Dowell (b. 1985), American NHL professional ice hockey center
  • Cassius Clay Dowell (1864-1940), American Republican Representative from Iowa
  • Leonard Dowell (b. 1902), Scottish professional association football player
  • Alastair McQueen Dowell (1920-2010), Scottish cricketer
  • Admiral Sir William Montagu Dowell GCB (1825-1912), Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief, Plymouth
  • Sir Anthony James Dowell CBE (b. 1943), English ballet dancer and Artistic Director of Britain's Royal Ballet from 1986 to 2001
  • George Dare Dowell (1831-1910), English soldier, who received the Victoria Cross for heroic deeds in 1855
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Dowell Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. George Harris  Dowell (1861-1917), Canadian resident from Elmsdale Hants County, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    7. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    8. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    9. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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    The Dowell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowell 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.

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