The history of the surname Doidge that I have hanging on my wall, in short, describes the name Doidge as being the original and Dodge and Doge etc. coming after. It traces the first Doidges to found to men living in the North of England named Wigot Doidge and Arnold Doidge in the 1100's
According to the history (and I have seen at least one other history saying the same) Doidge was a Saxon name. The Saxons came from the Rhine valley in Germany.
That fact is significant if you use your imagination. The Pennsylvania Dutch are really German and the "Dutch" label came from a mistake in the way North Americans heard the Deutch (German for German)
A teacher once said that Doidge sounded like an Anglised version of that same German word. Certainly people who attempt to spell my name from it's pronunciation start out "Deu." Our name could be a very early Saxon name with person being named from their origin rather than their trade (Miller etc.)
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