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The Anglo-Saxon name Dowson comes 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 This patronymic name is augmented by the suffix -son, which superseded the other patronymic suffixes in prominence by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of England.

Dowson Early Origins



The surname Dowson was first found in Staffordshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Dowson Spelling Variations


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Dowson Spelling Variations



One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Dowson has appeared include Dowson, Douson, Doweson, Dowsoun, Douseson, Douceson and many more.

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Dowson Early History


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Dowson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowson 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 Dowson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dowson Early Notables (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 Dowson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dowson arrived in North America very early:

Dowson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gilbert Dowson, who landed in Virginia in 1618
  • Gilbert Dowson who settled in Virginia in 1637
  • Geor Dowson, who arrived in Virginia in 1643

Dowson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Dowson, who arrived in Virginia in 1700
  • John Dowson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • George Dowson settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Dowson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • R. H. Dowson settled in Maryland in 1820
  • W. Dowson settled in New York in 1823

Dowson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Dowson, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • Lydia Dowson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm

Dowson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • T. W. Dowson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dowson (post 1700)



  • David Dowson (b. 1988), English footballer who plays for Darlington
  • Phil Dowson (b. 1981), English rugby union player for Northampton Saints
  • Ernest Christopher Dowson (1867-1900), English poet, novelist and writer of short stories, associated with the Decadent movement
  • John Dowson M.R.A.S. (1820-1881), British Orientalist, best known for his book Classical Dictionary of Hindu Mythology
  • Graham Dowson, Chief Executive of the Rank Organization, from England
  • Sir Philip Henry Manning Dowson (b. 1924), leading British architect
  • Major Gen. Arthur H Dowson, Commander Order of the British Empire, from England

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

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

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