Dowlman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Dowlman surname is a habitational name, taken on from Dowland in Devon. This place takes its name from the Old English word "du-fe," meaning "dove," and "land" meaning "land," or "an estate." [1]

Early Origins of the Dowlman family

The surname Dowlman was first found in Yorkshire where "the instance seems to imply another Dowland in that county, especially as the surname is fairly familiar in the North." [2]

Dowland is also a parish in Devon which datee back to the Domesday Book of 1086 when it was known as Duuelande. [3]

But we must again look to Yorkshire for the first record of the family; for it was there that Willelmus de Dowland was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. [2]

Early History of the Dowlman family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowlman research. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1455, 1487, 1490, 1563 and 1626 are included under the topic Early Dowlman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dowlman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dowland, Douland, Dowlind, Dowlan, Doulin, Dowlman and many more.

Early Notables of the Dowlman family (pre 1700)

Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowlman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dowlman family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Peter Dowland, who came to Virginia in 1650; Edmund Dowland, who settled in Virginia in 1654; William Dowland, who arrived in Annapolis, MD in 1733; Margaret Dowland, a bonded passenger, who came to America in 1761.



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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