surname Dodd, Dodds and Todd, the latter
probably being the original. Todd is the name given to a fox.
family has its roots in Tynedale, in Northumberland, in the north of
is, of course, a Border name, but, being English, has no tartan.
were often associated with two formidable families, the Milburns and the
The people of Tynedale, together with the next valley, the valley of the
Rede, were very active reivers and were feared throughout the Borders.
Scottish counterparts in reiving were the people of Liddesdale in
reivers of Tynedale usually conducted their activities in Scotland where
detested as might be imagined, but they were not averse to indulging in a
reiving closer to home, in England. Such was their notoriety that it is
business people of Tyneside and further south would not employ anyone who
from these valleys. Tradesmen were urged not to take on apprentices from
they were by no means the only active reivers nor was reiving confined
the lower classes. Many of the nobility were involved could not resist the
to increase their stock at the expense of their neighbours.
the first half of the 17th century when much of the lawlessness
which had been
on for some three hundred years was eradicated, the English reiving
faired better than their Scottish counterparts who were deprived of the
you go to the site www.multimap.com/map
and, in Quicksearch, key in
you will see the region where your ancestors lived. And many of
them still live there; the name is still quite common, as are the Charlton, Milburns and Robsons.
The Dodds family were noted for being involved in feuding with the Elliots across the Border in Liddesdale.