History of your Surname
Get access to Dodds family records.Start a free trial

Dodds Family History

Dodds Name Meaning

English: patronymic from Dodd 1. Black suggests that the name in Scotland may sometimes be derived from a place in Berwickshire called Doddis.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Dodd, Dods, Douds, Dowds, Edds, Cords, Duddy, Codd, Dobbs, Oddy

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Dodds family from?

You can see how Dodds families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dodds family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dodds families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 35 Dodds families living in Ohio. This was about 25% of all the recorded Dodds's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Dodds families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dodds surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dodds ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dodds. 16% of Dodds men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Dodds women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dodds were Carpenter and Stenographer.

View Census data for Dodds | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    13%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Stenographer
    8%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Dodds family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 149,000 census records available for the last name Dodds. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dodds census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Dodds

Passenger Lists

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Dodds. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Dodds immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 17,000 military records available for the last name Dodds. For the veterans among your Dodds ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Dodds military records

You've only scratched the surface of Dodds family history.

Discover More

What is the average Dodds lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dodds life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Dodds in 1943 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dodds

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Dodds family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial