Dowdall Family History
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Dowdall Name Meaning
Irish (of English origin): habitational name from Dovedale in Derbyshire, ‘valley (Middle English dale) of the river Dove’ (see Dove 1). Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Dubhdáleithe (see Dudley 2). English: habitational name from a lost place Ovedale or Uvedale, which gave rise to the 14th-century surname de Uvedale alias de Ovedale, connected with the manor of D’Oversdale in Litlington, Cambridgeshire; this is first recorded as ‘manor of Overdale otherwise Dowdale’ in 1408.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press