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About the study
The Dodwell One Name Study is a fledgling project born recently out of over 40 years of researching my ancestors. Whilst the scope of the study is world-wide, time is currently being invested in reconstructing UK Dodwell genealogies.
A great debt of gratitude is owed to Anne Elizabeth (Betty) Sandilands nee Dodwell whose large body of work on the Dodwells of Long Crendon not only helped tremendously with tracing my own Dodwell ancestors but also inspired this one-name venture. Betty's work was all carried out without the internet or a computer, from New Zealand, and was lodged in printed form with the Buckinghamshire Family History Society by mutual cousin Joyce Reardon, also living in New Zealand.
History of the name
The Dodwell name has been carried through many varied lives and times by highly educated scholars to those who signed with an x, by merchants trading in the far-east to scavengers scraping a living, from foundlings to âgentsâ born with the proverbial sliver spoon.
The earliest Dodwell dignitary of note discovered to date is Henry (1540-1600) who served as Mayor of Oxford. One of his daughters was the quaintly named Frydesweed.
Another Henry (1641-1711), a scholar and theologian, was elected Camden Professor of History at Oxford in 1688. Henry authored a number of books; some considered his views to be controversial.
Edward Dodwell (1777-1832) has his name immortalised through his discovery of an exquisite small Greek vase, the Dodwell vase, found in Corinth and dated to about 600 AD.