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The origins of the Dowse surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family who was a good-tempered person. The surname Dowse is derived from the Old English words douce and dowce, which mean sweet, pleasant. These words, which later became doux, were ultimately derived from the Old French words dolz and dous, which had the same meaning. As a personal name, Dowse was often given to females and occasionally was borne by males.

Dowse Early Origins



The surname Dowse was first found in Wiltshire 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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Dowse Spelling Variations


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Dowse Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Dowse has been spelled many different ways, including Dowse, Dowcett, Dowsett, Dorset, Dorsett, Dowser, Dowsey and many more.

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Dowse Early History


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Dowse Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowse research. Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowse Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dowse Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include William Dowse of Collingborn; Edward Dowse (1582-1648), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1640 to 1648; and Thomas Dowse,( c. 1630-1683), also...

Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowse In Ireland


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Dowse In Ireland



Some of the Dowse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Dowses to arrive in North America:

Dowse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas and Katherine Dowse who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Mrs. Dowse, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • Thomas Dowse, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Lawrence Dowse settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1630
  • Katherine Dowse, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowse (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowse (post 1700)



  • William Dowse (1770-1813), American lawyer and politician from New York
  • Edward Dowse (1756-1828), American politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts
  • Thomas "Tom" Joseph Dowse (1866-1946), American Major League Baseball catcher and outfielder
  • Edward Dowse (1756-1828), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 1st District, 1819-20
  • Duane Dowse, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1964
  • Flight Lieutenant Sydney Hastings Dowse MC (1918-2008), Royal Air Force pilot who became a prisoner of war, participant and survivor of The Great Escape
  • John Henry Dowse (b. 1935), Australian rugby union player
  • John Cecil Alexander Dowse (1891-1964), Irish rugby international player
  • The Rt Rev Charles Benjamim Dowse DD (1862-1934), Irish clergyman, 8th Bishop of Killaloe, Kilfenora, Clonfert and Kilmacduagh
  • Richard Dowse PC (1824-1890), Irish politician and barrister
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    6. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dowse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowse 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 22 January 2016 at 11:49.

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