Dowsine is a name of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from the personal names Douce
name is augmented by the suffix -son, which superseded the other patronymic suffixes in prominence by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of England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 Dowsine family
The surname Dowsine was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Dowsine family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowsine research.Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1327, 1349, 1379, 1573, 1596, 1668 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Dowsine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowsine Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dowsine have been found, including Dowson, Douson, Doweson, Dowsoun, Douseson, Douceson and many more.
Early Notables of the Dowsine family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: William Dowsing (1596-1668) was an English iconoclast under orders in 1643 which stated that "all Monuments of Superstition and Idolatry should be removed and abolished", specifying: "fixed altars, altar rails, chancel... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowsine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowsine family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Dowsine, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : 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.