Origins Available: English
name Dinnean comes from the family having resided in Downing, Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Dinnean family
The surname Dinnean was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dinnean family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinnean research.Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1656, 1711, 1685, 1749 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Dinnean History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dinnean Spelling Variations
Dinnean has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.
Early Notables of the Dinnean family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Downing (1623-1684), 1st Baronet
of East Hatley, an Anglo-Irish soldier, statesman, and diplomat, eponym of Downing Street in London; Sir George Downing, (c.
1656-1711), 2nd Baronet
of East... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dinnean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dinnean family to Ireland
Some of the Dinnean family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 84 words (6 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 Dinnean family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Dinneans to arrive on North American shores: Francis Downing, who came to Virginia in 1624; James Downing and Emanuel Downing who both settled in Salem in 1630; Richard Downing, who settled in Virginia in 1653.