Origins Available: English
The ancestors of the Doen surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. The name comes from when they lived in an area that was described by a downward slope. The surname was originally derived from the Anglo-Saxon
which means a hill.
Early Origins of the Doen family
The surname Doen was first found in Sussex
. Another branch was located at Roosdown in Devon
. "This place, which was formerly a parish, was anciently called Ralphdown, from its owner, Ralph de Downe, in the reign of Henry II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Doen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doen research.Another 657 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1226, 1066, 1350, 1327, 1379, 1407, 1445, 1779, 1810, 1619, 1805, 1549, 1628, 1609, 1666, 1712 and are included under the topic Early Doen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Doen Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Doen include Down, Downe, Downer, Doune, Douner, Dounner, Downner and many more.
Early Notables of the Doen family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.
1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the Apocrypha for the King James Version of the Bible... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Doen family to Ireland
Some of the Doen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 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 Doen family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Robert Downe arrived on St. Christopher Island, in the West Indies in 1635. John Downe crossed over in 1663 and landed in Virginia. Later he sailed south in 1685 to Barbados. Branches of the family later colonized the eastern seaboard..