Doubleday

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Doubleday Surname Genealogy

The
origin and meaning is uncertain.
Double may come from the French doubel,
meaning “twin,” or Dobbel, a pet form
of Robert, plus day from the Old English daege
meaning “servant.” Some
think
that Doubleday – originally Dubaldy – was a
French Huguenot name that was brought to England in the 16th century.

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England.
The
surname may have had its origin in England in
that part of East Anglia that covers south Lincolnshire, north Norfolk
and east
Cambridgeshire. Doubledays in
Colsterwood near Lincoln date from the late 1700’s.
And Doubleday
is still to be found in these parts.

The
name was also in Nottinghamshire from an early
time:.

“In
1544 a Marjorie Doubleday died and in her will she left the rent of a
small
close to the sexton of St Peter’s Church in Nottingham on the condition
of his
ringing the bell, which she bought for the purpose, every morning
(except
Sundays) at 4 o’clock to awaken the washerwomen of the town to their
labors.”


William Doubleday married Elizabeth Pepper in
the church in 1667 and there is a vault of the family in the southeast
corner
of the church tower. In the 1740’s a
Squire Doubleday was recorded at Southwell; and there were Doubleday
butchers
in Nottingham for several generations in the 19th century.
The largest number of Doubledays has in fact been
in Nottinghamshire, according to
the
1881 census
.

An early mention of a Doubleday elsewhere was Edmund
Doubleday,
a London dignitary partially responsible for
the capture of Guy Fawkes during the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.

There were two
prominent Doubleday Quaker families:

  • One
    was in the northeast in Northumberland. John
    Doubleday was the owner of Alnwick Abbey in the 1720’s
    which he
    used to promote Quakerism. His son
    John married into the Quaker Barclay family.
  • Another was in the southeast and Epping in Essex
    where
    Benjamin Doubleday in the early 1800’s was one of the principal
    tradesmen of the town.
    Henry
    Doubleday
    the
    naturalist was his eldest son. He lived at
    the same time as his cousin and namesake Henry Doubleday of Coggeshall
    who
    became a horticulturist. This Henry
    Doubleday was the author of the first catalogue of British butterflies
    and
    moths.

America. Roger
Doubleday left London for Boston in the 1670’s
and was the forebear, via his son Elisha and grandson Abner, of
Congressman Ulysses Doubleday, a New York
Congressman,
and his sons Abner and Thomas. The
family line was covered in Margaret Curfman and
Stephen Rockstroth’s 1993 book Doubleday
Families in America.

Abner Doubleday was a
Union general during the Civil War who is often
mistakenly
credited with inventing the game of baseball.
His brother Thomas ran a well-known
bookshop, TD
Doubleday, on Wall Street. Thomas died in
1863 after being run over by a bus in New York.

Another
line from Elisha
Doubleday led to William Doubleday, a 19th century Brooklyn hatter, and
his son
Frank. Frank Doubleday
founded the
Doubleday book publishing company
in 1897.
Frank’s son Nelson and grandson Nelson Jr. both ran the company,
at
one time the largest book publisher in America,
until
it was sold in 1986.

A more recent Frank
Doubleday is an actor who has made his name playing villains on the
screen.


Canada. A Doubleday family
from Southwell in Nottinghamshire
emigrated to Canada in 1884. Percival
Doubleday settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Two of his sons started a trucking company there, Doubleday’s
Transfer,
in the 1920’s.


Australia. Bligh Doubleday was
transported from Norfolk to
Australia on the Sarah 1 in
1829. He married Mary Dowd in Sydney
four years later.


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Doubleday Names

Abner
Doubleday

was a Union
general during the Civil War mistakenly credited with
inventing
the game of baseball.

Frank
Nelson Doubleday
founded
the Doubleday book publishing company in 1897.

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  • 700 in the UK (most numerous
    in Nottinghamshire)
  • 500 in America (most numerous in New York)
  • 200 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)

 

 

 

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