The ancestors of the bearers of the Dowswell family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in a region called Doda's well or spring. The surname Dowswell is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Dowswell family
The surname Dowswell was first found in Hampshire
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.
Early History of the Dowswell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowswell research.Another 89 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1673, 1660, 1683, 1678, 1682, 1728, 1712, 1722, 1648, 1641 and 1711 are included under the topic Early Dowswell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowswell Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dowswell include Dodswell, Dodwell, Dodswall, Dodwall and others.
Early Notables of the Dowswell family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Henry Dodwell of Dublin; Richard Dowdeswell (1601-1673), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1660, an active Royalist... Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowswell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowswell family to Ireland
Some of the Dowswell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 149 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowswell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dowswell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Jane Dowswell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Princess Royal" in 1848 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCESS ROYAL 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848PrincessRoyal.htm
Contemporary Notables of the name Dowswell (post 1700)
- James S. Dowswell, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 10th District, 1954 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Paul Dowswell, British writer of over 60 books of non-fiction and fiction for children and young adults