Dunwoody History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Dunwoody family

The surname Dunwoody was first found in Dumfriesshire at Dinwoodie in the parish of Applegarth [1] where one of the first records of the name was Sir Alan de Dunwidi was listed as seneschal (a royal officer in charge of justice) of Annandale in the first quarter of the thirteenth century. Adam de Dunwidie witnessed a claim of lands (c. 1194-1214.) Years later, Alan Dinwoodie rendered homage in 1296 to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland. [2]

Early History of the Dunwoody family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunwoody research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1200, 1194, 1639, 1770, 1751, 1758, 1753, 1754 and are included under the topic Early Dunwoody History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunwoody Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Dinwoodie, Dinwiddie, Dinswoodie, Dunwoodie, Dinwoody, Dinwiddy, Dinswoody, Dunwoody, Dinwoodey, Dinwiddey, Dunwordy, Dunswoodie, Dunswoody, Dunswoodey, Dimswoodie, Dimswoody, Dunswoddy, Dinswoddy, Dinswudy, Dimswudy, Dinwudy and many more.

Early Notables of the Dunwoody family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert Dinwiddie (1639-1770), from Glasgow, was Lieutenant Governor of colonial Virginia from 1751 to 1758. Some claim that his actions in trying to protect the French expansion into the Ohio Country, an area held by the Ohio Company, of which he was a stockholder may have precipitated the French and Indian War. In 1753, he sent a young George Washington, aged 21 to warn the French to withdraw from their recently built Fort Presque Isle near Lake Erie. Washington was sent back with a letter to Dinwiddie informing him that he should raise...
Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunwoody Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dunwoody family to Ireland

Some of the Dunwoody family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Dunwoody migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dunwoody Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Dunwoody, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1875 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunwoody (post 1700) +

  • Major Charles Dunwoody (1828-1905), correctly spelt Dunwody, American eponym of Dunwoody, Georgia, a Civil War Confederate soldier who fought for the secession of the Confederate states
  • William Hood Dunwoody (1841-1914), American banker, miller, art patron and philanthropist, a partner in what is known known as General Mills, founder of the Dunwoody College of Technology
  • Todd Franklin Dunwoody (b. 1975), American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1997 to 2002
  • General Ann Elizabeth Dunwoody (b. 1953), the current American Commanding General, U.S. Army Materiel Command, the first woman in U.S. military and uniformed service history to achieve a four-star officer rank
  • James M. Dunwoody, nicknamed "The Colonel," Canadian founder of Dunwoody in the 1920s in Winnipeg which would later become known as BDO Dunwoody and BDO International with 60,000 partners in 1,328 offices worldwide
  • Dr. John Elliot Orr Dunwoody (1929-2006), British surgeon and Labour politician, husband to Gwyneth Dunwoody
  • Moyra Tamsin Dunwoody (b. 1958), British politician, Member of the Welsh Assembly for Preseli Pembrokeshire (2003-2007)
  • Professor Martin J Dunwoody (b. 1938), English emeritus professor of mathematics at the University of Southampton, England
  • Gwyneth Dunwoody (b. 1930), née Phillips, British politician, the longest-serving woman Member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport (1984-1985), Shadow Secretary of State for Health (1980-1983)
  • Thomas Richard Dunwoody MBE (b. 1964), British retired jockey, three-time Champion Jockey, riding 1699 British winners in his career

The Dunwoody 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: Ubi Libertas Ibi Patrium
Motto Translation: Where liberty prevails there is my country.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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