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Dalriada, in ancient Scotland, is where the name Dowis evolved. It was a name for someone who lived in the Macildowie territory. The name Dowie is a shortened form of the place-name, and surname, Macildowie. In Gaelic, MacIldowie means "son of the black lad"

Dowis Early Origins



The surname Dowis was first found in on the Isle of Iona, 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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Dowis Spelling Variations


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Dowis Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Dowis has been written as Dowie, Dowey, Douie, Douey, MacIldowie, MacIldowy and others.

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Dowis Early History


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Dowis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowis research. Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the year 1400 is included under the topic Early Dowis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dowis Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dowis Notables 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



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dowis, or a variant listed above:

Dowis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J P Dowis, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Dowis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Green E. Dowis, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1919

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowis (post 1700)



  • Michael "Dee" Dowis (1968-2016), American quarterback for the United States Air Force Academy football team (1986 to 1989), inductee to the Colorado Springs Sports Hall of Fame

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    11. ...

    The Dowis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowis 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 2 September 2016 at 06:52.

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