This interesting surname of English origin is a nickname for a powerful or brave man, especially a champion jouster, deriving from the Middle English "doughty", Olde English pre 7th Century "dohtig" "dyhtig" meaning "valiant" or "strong". The surname dates back to the mid 13th Century, (see below). Further recordings include one William Doughty (1300), "the Register of the Freemen of Leicester", and John Dughti (1314), "the Register of the Freemen of York". Variations in the idiom of the spelling include Douty, Dowty, Dufty, etc.. One Alys Dowtye married William Style at St. Margaret, Westminster, on January 23rd 1547. Henry Doughty was christened on December 28th 1562 at St. Martin, Pomeroy, London and Elizabeth Doughty married James Franncis on February 13th 1575 at St. Augustine, Watling Street, London. John Doughty (1598 - 1672) was a divine, received a B.A. and fellow of Merton College, Oxford (1618), M.A. (1622), joined the cavalier forces, D.D. and prebendary of Westminster Abbey (1660), rector of Cheam (1662). One John Doughty (aged 18 yrs), a famine emigrant, sailed from Liverpool aboard the "John-Robert" bound for New York on June 1st 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Douti, witness, which was dated 1247, in the "Assize Rolls of Bedfordshire", during the reign of King Henry 111, known as "The Frenchman", 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Doughty — is a surname, and may refer to: Al Doughty (born 1966), musician and bassist Andrew Doughty (born 1916), leading anesthetist Anthony Doughty (20th century), British musician Arthur Doughty (1860 1936), Canadian civil servant C.N. Doughty (1867… …   Wikipedia

  • Doughty — ist der Name folgender Personen: Charles Montagu Doughty (1843–1926), englischer Schriftsteller und Forschungsreisender Drew Doughty (* 1989), kanadischer Eishockeyverteidiger John Doughty (1754–1826), US amerikanischer General Mike Doughty (*… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Doughty — Dough ty (dou t[y^]), a. [Compar. {Doughtier} (dou t[i^]*[ e]r); superl. {Doughtiest}.] [OE. duhti, dohti, douhti, brave, valiant, fit, useful, AS. dyhtig; akin to G. t[ u]chtig, Dan. dygtig, Sw. dygdig virtuous, and fr. AS. dugan to avail, be of …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Doughty —   [ daʊtɪ], Thomas, amerikanischer Maler, * Philadelphia (Pennsylvania) 19. 7. 1793, ✝ New York 22. 7. 1856; Autodidakt. Seine schlichten, idyllischen Landschaftsbilder zeichnen sich durch weiches Kolorit aus. Doughty war Mitbegründer der Hudson… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Doughty — (spr. dautĭ), Charles Montagu, engl. Arabienreisender, geb. 19. Aug. 1843 in Theberton Hall (Suffolk), studierte in Cambridge Naturwissenschaften und bereiste 2 Jahre lang Mittel und Nordarabien. Er schrieb: »Travels in Arabia deserta« (Cambridge …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Doughty — (spr. dautĭ), Charles Montagu, Forschungsreisender, geb. 19. Aug. 1843 in Theberton Hall (Suffolk), entdeckte auf seiner zweijährigen Reise in Mittel und Nordarabien viele Inschriften und Denkmäler; schrieb: »Travels in Arabia deserta« (1888) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • doughty — index heroic, indomitable, spartan, undaunted Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • doughty — (adj.) O.E. dohtig competent, good, valiant, from dyhtig strong, related to dugan to be fit, be able, be strong, and influenced by its p.p., dohte. All from P.Gmc. *duhtiz (Cf. M.H.G. tühtec, Ger. tüchtig, M.Du. duchtich), from PIE *dheugh to be… …   Etymology dictionary

  • doughty — *brave, courageous, unafraid, fearless, intrepid, valiant, valorous, dauntless, undaunted, bold, audacious Analogous words: venturesome, *adventurous, daring …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • doughty — ► ADJECTIVE (doughtier, doughtiest) archaic or humorous ▪ brave and resolute. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • Doughty — [dout′ē] C(harles) M(ontagu) 1843 1926; Eng. travel writer & poet …   English World dictionary

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