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The earliest origins of the family name Dowsett date back to the Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a name given to a good-tempered person. The surname Dowsett 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, Dowsett was often given to females and occasionally was borne by males.

Dowsett Early Origins



The surname Dowsett 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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Dowsett Spelling Variations


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Dowsett Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dowsett include Dowse, Dowcett, Dowsett, Dorset, Dorsett, Dowser, Dowsey and many more.

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Dowsett Early History


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Dowsett Early History



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

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Dowsett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dowsett 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 Dowsett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowsett In Ireland


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Dowsett In Ireland



Some of the Dowsett 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



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Dowsett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hezekiah Dowsett, who landed in America in 1760-1763
  • Paul and Hezekiah Dowsett settled in New England in 1763

Dowsett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • A. Dowsett, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Eliza Dowsett, aged 40, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Charles Dowsett, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Frederick Dowsett, aged 17, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Sophia Dowsett, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowsett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowsett (post 1700)



  • Stafford A. Dowsett, American politician, Mayor of Gresham, Oregon, 1965
  • John M. Dowsett, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Hawaii Territory, 1908
  • Gilbert James "Dickie" Dowsett (b. 1931), former English professional footballer
  • Alex Dowsett (b. 1988), English racing cyclist
  • Phil Dowsett (b. 1951), British retired auto racing driver
  • The Honourable Justice John Dowsett, judge of the Federal Court of Australia
  • Professor Charles Dowsett, British Professor of Armenian Studies at Oxford University

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    2. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    11. ...

    The Dowsett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dowsett 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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