Dodd Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Dodd Family History


Dodd Family History


The family history of the ancient name Dodd was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name Dodd include Dodds, Dod, Dadd, Dadds, Dadson, Dadswell, Dods and Dodson. This name has been in widespread use since the fourteenth century and is found in records as early as the twelfth century. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Benedict Dod, Northampton, and a Peter Dod, Oxford, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Magota Dodson was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. In Scotland an Alexander Dodys, servant to Patrick of Dunbarre, had a safe conduct to England in the year 1425.

In Ireland this name and its variants were introduced into Ulster Province by settlers who arrived from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century. During the 'Plantations of Ireland' in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries Ireland was colonized by the English Crown with this period marking the end of Gaelic supremacy in Ireland. This period brought an influx of settlers into the country but, unlike the earlier Anglo-Norman invasion of the twelfth century that resulted in a full integration into Irish society of the new arrivals, the same never occurred with the Ulster Planters who maintained their own distinct identity.

Dodd is also associated with County Sligo and in Ulster is sometimes a variant of the Irish name Dowd.The Dodd family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Dodd descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Dodd Coat of Arms


Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Sable/Black Denotes Constancy and sometimes Grief.
The Fess Denotes a Military Belt or Girdle of Honour
Wavy Often representing water
Crescent/Increscent Moon Signifies one who has been 'Enlightened and Honoured by his Sovereign'

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