Dowis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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"

Early Origins of the Dowis family

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.

Early History of the Dowis family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowis research. Another 81 words (6 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Dowis family (pre 1700)

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


United States Dowis migration to the United States +

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. 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 [1]
Dowis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Green E. Dowis, aged 51, who landed in America, in 1919

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


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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