The Dodd(s) Family

surname Dodd, Dodds and Todd, the latter probably being the original. Todd is the name given to a fox.


The family has its roots in Tynedale, in Northumberland, in the north of England.

It is, of course, a Border name, but, being English, has no tartan.


They were often associated with two formidable families, the Milburns and the

Charltons. The people of Tynedale, together with the next valley, the valley of the

River Rede, were very active reivers and were feared throughout the Borders.

Their Scottish counterparts in reiving were the people of Liddesdale in southwest



The reivers of Tynedale usually conducted their activities in Scotland where they

were detested as might be imagined, but they were not averse to indulging in a

little reiving closer to home, in England. Such was their notoriety that it is said

that business people of Tyneside and further south would not employ anyone who

came from these valleys. Tradesmen were urged not to take on apprentices from



However, they were by no means the only active reivers nor was reiving confined

to the lower classes. Many of the nobility were involved could not resist the

temptation to increase their stock at the expense of their neighbours.


In the first half of the 17th century when much of the lawlessness which had been

going on for some three hundred years was eradicated, the English reiving

families faired better than their Scottish counterparts who were deprived of the

lands and scattered.


If you go to the site and, in Quicksearch, key in

Bellingham, 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.