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Where did the English Dunham family come from? What is the English Dunham family crest and coat of arms? When did the Dunham family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Dunham family history?The ancestry of the name Dunham dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Dunham, in the county of Norfolk. The place-name is made up of two old English elements: dun, which is a word for hill; and ham, which means home. The translation of the name is home on the hill.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dunham have been found, including Dunham, Dunnam, Downham, Dounham, Downnam and others.
First found in Norfolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunham research. Another 338 words(24 lines of text) covering the years 1190 and 1332 are included under the topic Early Dunham History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Dunham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Dunham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 111 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dunham, or a variant listed above:
Dunham Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
- John Dunham of Plymouth who in 1633 purchased land at Dartmouth
- Robert Dunham, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
- Thomas Dunham, who landed in Virginia in 1650
- John Dunham of Barnstable settled in America in 1655
Dunham Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
- John Dunham, who arrived in Maryland in 1747
Dunham Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Dunham, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
- Ann Dunham, who arrived in New York in 1836
- John S Dunham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849
- B T Dunham, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
- E Dunham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
- William Barrett Dunham, American Educator and Administrator
- Katherine Dunham (1910-2006), African-American dancer and choreographer
- Major-General George Clark Dunham (1887-1954), American Director of Health & Sanitation Division, Institute of Inter-American Affairs (1942-1945)
- Stanley Ann Dunham (1942-1995), American anthropologist, mother of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States
- Archie W. Dunham (b. 1938), American Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Conoco Inc
- Cyrus Livingston Dunham (1817-1877), American Civil War Colonel, U.S. Representative from Indiana (1849-1855)
- Jason Lee Dunham (1981-2004), American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, eponym of the destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109)
- Jeff Dunham (b. 1962), American ventriloq Uist and stand-up comedian
- Jonathan Singletary Dunham (1640-1724), American settler of Woodbridge, New Jersey, who built the first gristmill in New Jersey
- Lena Dunham (b. 1986), American filmmaker and four-time Emmy Award and two-time Golden Globe nominated actress
- The Dunhams of Callaway: A Genealogical History by Ray Fields Dawson.
- Fuller-Dunham Genealogy: From Edward Fuller of the Mayflower Robert Wallace Dunham.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
- MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
- Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
The Dunham Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunham 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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