In ancient Anglo-Saxon England
, the ancestors of the Dinneyn surname lived in Downing, Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Dinneyn family
The surname Dinneyn 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 Dinneyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dinneyn research.Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1656, 1711, 1685, 1749 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Dinneyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dinneyn Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Dinneyn are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Dinneyn include: Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.
Early Notables of the Dinneyn 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 Dinneyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dinneyn family to Ireland
Some of the Dinneyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
is included in all our PDF Extended History products
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Migration of the Dinneyn family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dinneyn or a variant listed above: 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.
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