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Dadswell Family History
Origins of the Dadswell name
Odo and Dodo were two monks who each dug a well
While the obscure legend quoted above may not be a reliable source for the origin of 'Dadswell', the name may well derive from the manor or village of Dowdeswell, in Gloucestershire, England.
Abbot Hedda conferred out of his own inheritance Dogedes Well, Tyrltun and Onnand of the Episcopal Church of Wigorn, for the good of his soul and that of his kinsman, Heathored.(1)
Also, in Cartularium Saxonicum is found:
#283, Reversionary Grant by Headda, Abbot to Worcester Monastery, of land at Dowdeswell, co Glouc. etc. AD781-798 (2)
The name has undergone changes and variations of spellings throughout the years — for example: Dogedeswyllan, 781-798; Dodesuuelle, Doomsday Book 1086; Doddeswell, 1226; and other variants down the years.
Other name theories
Close to Rotherfield where many members of the Dadswell family have lived is a hamlet called Duddleswell (present day pronunciation = Dudd-alls-well). The family name could well be a contraction of this name.
Picture: Dowdeswell Court in Lower Dowdeswell in Gloucestershire - photograph by Adrian Sherratt.
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