The Dodson Family

Origins of the Name

This surname DODSON was a baptismal name 'the son of Dodd' an ancient although now forgotten personal name which belonged to an old Shropshire family. The name is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as DODO (without surname) and Alwinus Dodesone was recorded as a tenant in County Wiltshire. Other records include Bededict Dodde, 1273 County Wiltshire, and William Dadd was recorded in Cornwall in 1275. Magota Dodson of Yorkshire was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Daud de Setel was recorded in the year 1448 in the County of Yorkshire. Richard Dade and Hannah Wilkinson were married at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1705. The name was taken to Ireland by settlers who settled in County Sligo in the late 16th century.

The name remained fairly widespread and in frequent use in England until the 14th century. It seems to have been originally a byname. The Dod family of Edge, near Malpass, Cheshire, have held lands there since the late 12th century. Cadogan Dod made a grant of lands there circa 1180, and a direct line has been traced till the fourteenth century. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.

The name is now scattered, although mainly found in counties Armagh and Down. Occasionally the name is a synonym of Dowd in Ulster.

Coat of Arms


Argent, a fess Nebule, Gules between Six Fleur de Lys, Srfble, Crest, on a wreath of the Colors, two Lion's jambs in Saltire, Gules.

Norman Willard Dodson

The Norm Dodson Clan is centered around Washington state.


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Dodson Family Genealogy

The History of the Surname Dodson

Dodson genealogy, 1600-1907