Dowthie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the Dowthie family name begins among the people of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The Dowthie name is derived from the Gaelic Mac Gillean Dubhthaigh. "The name may commemorate S. Dubhthach of Tain. It is a shortened Anglicization of MacGille Dubhthaigh 'son of the servant of Dubhthach.' The Gaelic name of Tain is Baile Dhubhthaich, 'Dubhthach's town.' " [1]

Early Origins of the Dowthie family

The surname Dowthie was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the Dowthie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowthie research. Another 264 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1492, 1500, 1598, 1612, 1744 and 1773 are included under the topic Early Dowthie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dowthie Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Dowthie has appeared Duthie, Duthe, Duthey, Duthy, Dutthy, Dutthie, Dutthe and many more.

Early Notables of the Dowthie family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Dowthie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dowthie family

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Dowthie: George Duthie who settled in Pennsylvania in 1750.



The Dowthie Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Data fata secutus
Motto Translation: Following my destiny.


  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)


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