Dawnsey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Dawnsey family
The surname Dawnsey was first found in Cornwall where the family held at one time fifteen manors and were descended by an heiress to the house of Courtenay Earl of Devon about the reign of Edward II.  It is known to be a "Norman family by reputation, and said to be traced to the Conquest, descended from Sir William Downay, who was in the wars in the Holy Land with Richard I. in 1192, at which time that King gave him, in memory of his acts of valour, a ring from his finger, which is still in possession of the family."  The actual spelling of Sir William is under dispute as another reference claims William D'Aunay accompanied Richard I. to Palestine.  This latter reference digs further to their earlier life in Normandy where the name was also known as "De Alneto, a branch of the baronial house of Bassett, deriving from Fulco or Fulcelin de Alneto, brother of Osmond Bassett, Baron of Normanville in 1050." 
Important Dates for the Dawnsey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dawnsey research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1455, 1487, 1625, 1695, 1660, 1661, 1661 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Dawnsey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dawnsey Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Dawney, Dawny, Dawn, Dawnie, Dawne, Dawnay, Dawnsey, Daun, Dorn, Dorne and many more.
Early Notables of the Dawnsey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dawnsey family
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bryan Dawney, who settled in Virginia in 1722; Mary Dawney, who settled in America in 1745; and Francis Dawney, who arrived in Jamaica in 1785.
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- ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)