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Dodd Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Dodd(e) Dudd(e) Old English Dodd(a) Dudd(a) a name of uncertain origin which remained in fairly widespread and frequent use from Lincolnshire to Devon and from Essex to Lancashire in England until the 14th century. English: nickname from Middle English dod a word of uncertain meaning possibly a ‘lumpish thickset person’ (compare modern English dialect dod ‘bunch or heap’) or by extension a ‘foolish person’ (compare Middle English dode-mused ‘stupid’) or perhaps a derivative of dodden ‘to shave (the head) to trim (hair)’ hence ‘the hairless or close-cropped one’. English: possibly a modern variant of Daud or Dowd the former arising from the Middle English personal name Daud(e) an extended form of Daw and the latter from the Middle English personal name Doude perhaps a side-form of either Dodde or of Daude a pet form of Ralph . Irish: of English origin (see 1 above) taken to Sligo in the 16th century by a Shropshire family; also sometimes adopted by bearers of the Gaelic name Ó Dubhda (see Dowd ).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Codd, Dowd, Doe, Gold, Todd, Loud, Hoad, Dodds, Sadd, Dodge

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You can see how Dodd families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dodd family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dodd families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,953 Dodd families living in Lancashire. This was about 15% of all the recorded Dodd's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Dodd families in 1891.
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What did your Dodd ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dodd. 8% of Dodd men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Dodd women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dodd were Dairy Farmer and Private Means. .

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*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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
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Passenger Lists

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There are 49,000 military records available for the last name Dodd. For the veterans among your Dodd ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dodd lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dodd life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dodd in 1941 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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