The Dowsing family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes 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name is augmented by the suffix -son, which superseded the other patronymic suffixes in prominence by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of England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 Dowsing family
The surname Dowsing was first found in Staffordshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Dowsing family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowsing 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 Dowsing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowsing Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dowsing include Dowson, Douson, Doweson, Dowsoun, Douseson, Douceson and many more.
Early Notables of the Dowsing 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 Dowsing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowsing family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dowsing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Charles Dowsing, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Simlah" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The SIMLAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Simlah.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Dowsing (post 1700)
- William Dowsing (1576-1679), English Puritan