Dowtfire is a name whose history is entwined with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was considered brave and strong. The surname Dowtfire originally derived from the Old English word doughty
The surname Dowtfire 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 Dowtfire family
The surname Dowtfire 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 Dowtfire family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowtfire 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 Dowtfire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowtfire Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Dowtfire were recorded, including Doughty, Doughtie, Dowtie, Dowty and others.
Early Notables of the Dowtfire 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 Dowtfire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dowtfire family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Dowtfire family emigrate to North America: 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..