Dole


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The surname Dole came from France but spread to both Germany and England.  The root is the Old French dole, meaning “hurtful,” from which comes the English word doleful.  It was perhaps a descriptive name for someone who appeared troubled or anxious.

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The French Dole numbers are not large, around 2,000, and seem to be mainly concentrated in the Franche-Comte region of the Jura.  The town of Dole was the capital of Franche-Comte until Louis XIV captured the area.

England
.  The Dole name is fairly rare in England.  The 1881 census showed only 330 Doles and these were widely spread.  Gloucestershire provided the first Dole arrival in America.  But there were only 11 Doles recorded in Gloucestershire in 1881.  The small village of Great Little Marsden near Nelson in Lancashire contained more Doles.  The preferred spelling in the west country, particularly in Wiltshire, seems to have been Doel.

America.
  The forebear of most Doles in America is reckoned to have been Richard Dole from Ringworthy in Gloucestershire who came to Newbury, Massachusetts as an apprentice clerk in 1639 and later developed his own business there as a leather craftsman.


One line through Enoch Dole settled in Littleton in the 1740’s.  His son Amos was among the minute-men who responded to the Lexington alarm in 1775 and was a sergeant during the Revolutionary War.  Afterwards he moved to Maine.  There was another Dole line that settled in Shelburne, Massachusetts.


Nathaniel Dole of the same Dole line, born in 1739 in Newport, was the father of eight children, a number of whom also moved to Maine:
  • one was Daniel Dole the silversmith
  • another was Ebenezer Dole, an early anti-slavery activistand
  • a third, the youngest, was Wigglesworth Dole, a cabinet-maker who was to be the patriarch of the Hawaii Doles.
Daniel Dole, a missionary who came to Hawaii in 1840, was the first of the Dole line in Hawaii that became so influential there - politically through Sanford Dole, the first territorial governor of Hawaii in 1900, and commercially through James Dole and his pineapples.  The family history was recounted in Susan Dole Cole’s 2014 book Dole Family History.

A second Dole line began with John Dole the Quaker who married Mary Williams in Jericho, Long Island in 1688.  He may have been related to the immigrant Richard Dole, but there is no linkage known.  John and Mary later moved to a Quaker settlement in New Jersey.  Some descendants headed west to Ohio in the 1830’s and then to Kansas in the 1890’s.  Bob Dole was the US Senator for Kansas from 1961 to 1996.


The Dole name, however, has remained on Long Island.  Around the time of the Civil War, John Dole began to dismantle derelict ships on Huntington beach to recover their metal hardware.  Reportedly Cornelius Vanderbilt’s famous yacht, The North Star, met its demise on Dole’s Beach.  More recently, a Dole family has been operating a heating oil service out of Huntington since the 1970’s
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Daniel Dole was the Protestant missionary who first brought the Dole name to Hawaii in 1840.
James Dole,
known as the "Pineapple King,'" was the man that developed the pineapple industry in Hawaii and began what became the Dole Food Company.
Bob Dole
was the US Senator for Kansas from 1961 to 1996 and a Presidential candidate in 1996.


Select Doles Today
  • 300 in the UK (most numerous in London)
  • 1,200 in America (most numerous in California) 
  • 700 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)




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