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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Where did the Scottish Downey family come from? What is the Scottish Downey family crest and coat of arms? When did the Downey family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Downey family history?Downey is a Dalriadan-Scottish name, no doubt originally for a person who lived in the old barony of Duny or Downy, which was also called Douney in 1331, in the parish of Monikie, Angus. The surname is still commonplace in the district and Downie is one of the oldest names in the parish of Kemnay.
Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Downey has appeared in various documents spelled Downey, Downie, Downy, MacIldowney, MacIldownie, MacDowney, MacDownie, O'Downey and many more.
First found in the parish of Monikie in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire. One of the first records of the name was Duncan de Dunny who witnessed a discussion of boundaries of Tulloes (Tulloch) and Conon in 1254.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downey research. Another 255 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1402, and 1550 are included under the topic Early Downey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Downey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Downey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Downey family emigrate to North America:
Downey Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Downey Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Downey Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Downey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Downey Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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