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Early Origins of the Doane family

The surname Doane was first found in Cheshire at Duddon, a township, in the parish of Tarvin, union of Great Boughton, Second division of the hundred of Eddisbury.

"The manor was for many generations in moieties between the families of Bruen and Done; the first passed, with Bruen-Stapleford, to Mr. Wilbraham, and the other with the Utkinton estate to Mr. Arden. Duddon Hall, which continued to be the seat of a younger branch of the Dones long after the extinction of the elder branch, is now a farmhouse." [1]

However, one of the first records of the family was John de Donne, rector of the church of St. Elphin, Warrington, Lancashire from 1361 to 1362. [2]

John Donne (1572-1631), the famous English poet and cleric was born in London into a recusant Roman Catholic family when practice of that religion was illegal in England. His father was of Welsh descent and a warden of the Ironmongers Company in the City of London. Young John studied at the University of Cambridge, but was unable to obtain a degree because of his Catholicism. Despite these challenges, he rose to become one of the most important poets of his era and had to write anti-Catholic polemics to do so. Eventually he was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity from Cambridge University.

Early History of the Doane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doane research. Another 242 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1527, 1552, 1821, 1572, 1631, 1614, 1420, 1503, 1558, 1572, 1631, 1621, 1631, 1604, 1662 and 1617 are included under the topic Early Doane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Doane Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Doane has been recorded under many different variations, including Done, Donn, Donne, Doan, Doane, Doune and others.

Early Notables of the Doane family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir John Donne (c.1420-1503), a Welsh courtier, diplomat and soldier, a notable figure of the Yorkist party; and Sir Charles Doune of Doune. Gabriel Donne or Dunne (d. 1558), was a Cistercian monk who belonged to the family of that name seated at Ralph Donue in Devonshire. [3] John Donne the Elder (1572-1631), was an English poet, satirist, lawyer and a cleric in the Church of England. Born in London...
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Doane Ranking

In the United States, the name Doane is the 5,675th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4]

United States Doane migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Doane or a variant listed above:

Doane Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Doane (1590-1685), who arrived in Plymouth between 1628 and 1632, by 1633 he had become Assistant Governor
  • Daniel Doane, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630 [5]
  • John Doane, who arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1630 [5]
Doane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hesther Doane, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [5]
Doane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Doane, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [5]
  • M Doane, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [5]
  • J Doane, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • Elisha Doane, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • F Doane, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Doane migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Doane Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Eleazer Doane, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Contemporary Notables of the name Doane (post 1700) +

  • Steven Doane (b. 1950), American cellist, recitalist and master teacher
  • Beth Doane (b. 1983), American fashion designer, writer, author and speaker
  • Stephen Holden Doane (1947-1969), United States Army officer
  • Erling Eugene Doane, American professional football player
  • Henry Waltermar Doane (1905-1999), American landscape painter
  • Pelagie Doane, American illustrator
  • George Washington Doane (1799-1859), United States churchman, educator, and bishop
  • Seth Doane, American television journalist
  • Darren Doane (b. 1972), Christian filmmaker and music video director
  • Gustavus Cheyney Doane (1840-1892), U.S. Army Cavalry Captain, explorer, inventor and Civil War soldier
  • ... (Another 15 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Henry Clinton  Doane (1879-1917), Canadian Chief Engineer aboard the SS Roeblin from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion (1917) [6]

The Doane Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Omnia mei dona Dei
Motto Translation: All my goods are the gift of God.

Suggested Readings for the name Doane +

  • The Doane, Emmons, Lindner, Roney, and Stout Families: Which Includes Some Ancestors and Descendants of.. by Robert Harold Lindner.

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. 'Townships: Scarisbrick', in A History of the County of Lancaster: Volume 3, ed. William Farrer and J Brownbill (London, 1907), pp. 265-276. British History Online [accessed 21 January 2017].
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from on Facebook