The name Dowtey has a history dating as far back as the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was considered brave and strong. The surname Dowtey originally derived from the Old English word doughty
The surname Dowtey is associated with the broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. Often nicknames described strong traits or features of animals.
Early Origins of the Dowtey family
The surname Dowtey was first found in Suffolk
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 Dowtey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowtey research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1545, 1578, 1577, 1599, 1655 and 1620 are included under the topic Early Dowtey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowtey 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 Dowtey have been found, including Doughty, Doughtie, Dowtie, Dowty and others.
Early Notables of the Dowtey family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Thomas Doughty (1545-1578), an English nobleman, soldier, scholar and personal secretary of Christopher Hatton. His association with Francis Drake, on a 1577 voyage to interfere with Spanish treasure... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dowtey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowtey 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. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dowtey, or a variant listed above: Anne and Thomas Doughty who settled in Virginia in 1623; Francis Doughty settled in New England
in 1630; Phillip Doughty arrived in Boston in 1774; another Anne Doughty settled in Virginia in 1736. Doughty's Falls were probably named after Thomas Doughty a settler from Berwick in 1657..