Dugdal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The present generation of the Dugdal family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in either the settlement of Dug Dale, which is found in Warter in the East Riding of Yorkshire, or the place called Dugdales in Great Mitton, which is in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname Dugdal belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Early Origins of the Dugdal family

The surname Dugdal was first found in Yorkshire. However, another branch of the family was found in the parish of Shustock in Warwickshire. "Blyth Hall was the residence of the celebrated antiquary, Sir William Dugdale, who purchased that manor of Sir Walter Ashton, in the 1st of Charles I., and here compiled The Antiquities of Warwickshire; he died on the 10th of February, 1685, and was buried in the parish church." [1]

Early History of the Dugdal family

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Dugdal Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Dugdal include Dugdale, Dugdall, Dugdill, Dugdell, Dougdall and many more.

Early Notables of the Dugdal family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Sir William Dugdale (1605-1686), noted historian, who published the notable work on the history on the monasteries of England; and his son John Dugdale (1628-1700), Garter King of Arms, herald in the College of Arms; and Stephen Dugdale (1640?-1683), an English informer who...
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Migration of the Dugdal family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Dugdal were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Benjamin Dugdale who settled in Virginia in 1638; Ann Dugdale settled in Philadelphia in 1685; Henry Dugdell settled in Virginia in 1635; William Dugdill settled in Philadelphia in 1860..



The Dugdal 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: Pestes patria pigrities
Motto Translation: Sloth is the plague of one's country.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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