Anglo-Saxon surname Dowsen came from the personal names Douce and Dow. This patronymic name is augmented by the suffix -son, which superseded the other patronymic suffixes in prominence by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of England.
Early Origins of the Dowsen family
Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very early times.
Early History of the Dowsen family
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Dowsen Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Dowsen family name include Dowson, Douson, Doweson, Dowsoun, Douseson, Douceson and many more.
Early Notables of the Dowsen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dowsen family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Dowsen surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Gilbert Dowson who settled in Virginia in 1637; George Dowson settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774; Martha Down settled in America in 1763; R.H. Dowson settled in Maryland in 1820.
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