The ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada is thought to be the home of the ancestors of the Dunay family. Their name comes from someone having 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.
Early Origins of the Dunay family
The surname Dunay was 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.
Early History of the Dunay family
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Dunay Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. Dunay has appeared as Downey, Downie, Downy, MacIldowney, MacIldownie, MacDowney, MacDownie, O'Downey and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dunay family to Ireland
Some of the Dunay 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dunay family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dunay or a variant listed above: John Downie who settled in New England
in 1685; Daniel Downey settled in New England
in 1748; Andrew, James, John, Mary, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Terence, Timothy, and William Downey, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865..