Doubleday Surname Genealogy
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.
Doubleday Resources on
- The Doubleday Myth
Baseball’s Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.
surname may have had its origin in England in
that part of East Anglia that covers south Lincolnshire, north Norfolk
Cambridgeshire. Doubledays in
Colsterwood near Lincoln date from the late 1700’s.
is still to be found in these parts.
name was also in Nottinghamshire from an early
1544 a Marjorie Doubleday died and in her will she left the rent of a
close to the sexton of St Peter’s Church in Nottingham on the condition
ringing the bell, which she bought for the purpose, every morning
Sundays) at 4 o’clock to awaken the washerwomen of the town to their
William Doubleday married Elizabeth Pepper in
the church in 1667 and there is a vault of the family in the southeast
of the church tower. In the 1740’s a
Squire Doubleday was recorded at Southwell; and there were Doubleday
in Nottingham for several generations in the 19th century.
The largest number of Doubledays has in fact been
in Nottinghamshire, according to
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:
was in the northeast in Northumberland. John
Doubleday was the owner of Alnwick Abbey in the 1720’s
used to promote Quakerism. His son
John married into the Quaker Barclay family.
- Another was in the southeast and Epping in Essex
Benjamin Doubleday in the early 1800’s was one of the principal
tradesmen of the town. Henry
naturalist was his eldest son. He lived at
the same time as his cousin and namesake Henry Doubleday of Coggeshall
became a horticulturist. This Henry
Doubleday was the author of the first catalogue of British butterflies
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
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
credited with inventing the game of baseball.
His brother Thomas ran a well-known
Doubleday, on Wall Street. Thomas died in
1863 after being run over by a bus in New York.
line from Elisha
Doubleday led to William Doubleday, a 19th century Brooklyn hatter, and
Frank. Frank Doubleday founded the
Doubleday book publishing company in 1897.
Frank’s son Nelson and grandson Nelson Jr. both ran the company,
one time the largest book publisher in America,
it was sold in 1986.
A more recent Frank
Doubleday is an actor who has made his name playing villains on the
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
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.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
was a Union
general during the Civil War mistakenly credited with
the game of baseball.
Nelson Doubleday founded
the Doubleday book publishing company in 1897.
Select Doubledays Today
- 700 in the UK (most numerous
- 500 in America (most numerous in New York)
- 200 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)
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