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Dodd Genealogy and Dodd Family History Information

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  • A. M. Dodd (1867 - c.1913)
  • Ann Arney (1683 - 1700)
    Updated from MyHeritage Match via father Henry Dodd by SmartCopy : Oct 1 2014, 23:39:15 UTC * Updated from MyHeritage Match by SmartCopy : Oct 1 2014, 23:39:53 UTC
  • Chris Dodd, U.S. Senator
    Christopher John Dodd, (son of Thomas Joseph Dodd), a Representative and a Senator from Connecticut; born in Willimantic, Windham County, Conn., May 27, 1944; graduated from Georgetown Preparatory Scho...
  • Daniel Dodd, II (1649 - c.1701)
    Some Early Families of Bloomfield, New Jersey chronicles how Daniel Dodd came from Branford about 1668. He was the ancestor of the Dodds of Bloomfield and Doddtown, East Orange. His children were Danie...
  • Daniel Dodd, III (c.1681 - 1767)
    "Genealogy of the Daniel Dod Family, 1615-1940": Daniel Dod was the oldest son of Daniel II. There is on record a deed dated September 16, 1725 by which Daniel Dod Junior, yeoman, "with the free and ...

About the Dodd surname

Source: The Genealogy of the Daniel Dod Family 1615-1940 by Allison Dodd and Rev. Joseph Fulford Folsom, Secretary of the New Jersey Historical Society.

  "In England it is well understood that our name, so common there, is Anglo-Saxon. In the Index of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle giving the events in Great Britain beginning with the year A.D. 1 and running to the year A.D. 1066, we find the name of 'Dudda-Dudd-Dodd-Dodds-Dowde-Deeds, etc.' all considered the same name, and on page 60 the death of one Dudda, an Alderman, is recorded as having occurred in the year A.D. 833.
  "I had always supposed that the original way of spelling our family name with with three letters -- Dod -- so my conclusion is that the way it was spelled then lay entirely with the Parish Clerk, Rector, or Court Clerk. It seems that most of the yeomen and husbandmen in England in the early 1600s, even though they owned or controlled land like Thomas Dod, could neither read nor write. He signed his will with a 'mark'.
  "As more convincing proof that our family name was spelled both ways in England for centuries, I refer to a privately printed English book of but twenty-five copies, one of which was loanted to me by Mr. Philip H. Wadell-Smith, of Princeton, N.J. The title page reads as follows:

Pedigree of the

Family of Dod of Cloverly, in the County of Shropshire. Compiled by Sir William Dugdale, Knt., Garter; With a continuation to the Year 1844, extracted from the records of the College of Arms, by Albert W. Woods, Lancaster Herald; Together with the Pedigrees of the Families of Dod of Edge, by Richard St. George, Norroy, 1613; Henshaw of Lockwood, 1618; Humphreys of Bodlwithan, 1660. Copied from the originals in the possession of Whitehall Dod, Esq., of Llannerch, and Mrs. Parker, of Edge. Privately Printed -- Twenty-five copies 1867

  "I have carefully studied these pedigrees running back over five hundred years and find that through the generations and centuries the spelling of the name varied much between Dod and Dodd, and in some generations differed even between brothers. In many cases clergymen of the family used 'Dodd', so it could not have been done in ignorance as they must have been educated. Excepting for the first three generations of the family of Dod of Edge all spelled the name 'Dodd'. Copies of Armorial bearings of these families are shown in that book also."

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