Origin of the Name Dowd
The ancient history of the name Dowd
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The names Dowd and O'Dowd are derived from the Gaelic O'Dubhda sept who were a branch of the Northern Ui Fiachrach, County Sligo.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
This name is one of many in Gaelic that originates from the Gaelic word 'dubh' meaning 'black'. Other modern variants of the name are O'Dowda and Dowds, with Doody, another synonym, found in Killarney, County Kerry . The Sligo sept traces its descent from Fiachra, brother of the famous 'Niall of the Nine Hostages', through Daithi, the last pagan King of Ireland . A quite distinct minor sept of O'Dubhda was located in County Derry. Survivors of this sept in Ulster today are usually called Duddy.
The Dowd coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Dowd descendants.