Dodge family page
A number of different family members arrived in Jersey from England and settled in the middle years of the 19th century
The 1836 baptism record of Oliver Dodge in St Helier
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Origins of surname
This surname either came from the medieval personal name Dogge, a pet form of Roger, from the Anglo-Saxon Hrothgar, meaning fame spear. The double 'g' of the surname would have been pronounced 'dg'. Alternatively the name may have come from the earlier English docga or dogga for dog.
The surname first appeared in Jersey records with the marriage of soldier Robert Dodge, from Somerset, and Elizabeth Russel in St Helier in January 1812. Their daughter Esther was born soon after and baptised in April, but there are no further baptism records for the family. However, in the 1841 census Robert and Elizabeth are shown living in St Helier with two further children, Robert and Louisa.
There were 19 records for Dodges in the 1841 census, living in four households. Their numbers grew steadily, to 32 in 1851 and 44 in 1861, before starting a steady decline to only 13 in 1901.
Births and baptisms
This will created by a member of the Dodge family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1948, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- Oliver Dodge, 19 Kensington Place, St Helier - 19 October 1925, D/Y/A/85
Richard Dodge was a trunk maker at 43 Halkett Place from at least 1857 into the 1860s