The rugged west coast of Scotland
and the desolate Hebrides
islands are the ancestral home of the Dunay family. Their name indicates that the original bearer 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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunay research.Another 120 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1402, and 1550 are included under the topic Early Dunay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dunay Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Dunay has been spelled Downey, Downie, Downy, MacIldowney, MacIldownie, MacDowney, MacDownie, O'Downey and many more.
Early Notables of the Dunay family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Dunay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
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 95 words (7 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
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence
, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dunay arrived in North America very early: 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..