This is a surname which as Dodge is particularly famous in America. Of English and Scottish origins it is recorded in several spellings including: Dogg, Doge, Dodge, Dadge, Doige, and Dodgson. It has two possible origins. The first is from the pre-medieval personal name "Dogge" a pet form of "Roger", which in turn comes from the pre 7th century Anglo-Saxon name "Hrothgar". This translates as "fame spear", and not surprisingly perhaps, was a very popular personal name of the period. The double "g" of "Dogge" would have been pronounced "dge", leading to the development of the surname in the forms above. The second possible origin is from a medieval nickname "docga" meaning a dog. This again is from the Old English. The name development has included "Alice Doegewyf" meaning the wife of Dodge in the Ppoll Tax rolls for Yorkshire in 1379, and John Doegeman, who is recorded in the same rolls. Later examples include: John Dodge who married Agnes Goodwyn, at St. Margaret's church, Westminster, on September 2nd 1555, whilst the marriage of Elyzabethe Dadge and Thomas Brewer took place on April 13rd 1666, at Christ Church, Greyfriars, city of London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robert Dogge, which was dated 1206, in the "Curia Rolls of Gloucestershire". This was during the reign of King John of England, 1199 - 1216. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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