The ancestry of the name Donington dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived by a stream at the hill. The surname Donington originally derived from the Old English word Dunestorp
which later changed to Donnington. The surname Donington is a topographic
surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation
names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local
names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Donington family
The surname Donington was first found in Leicestershire
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 Donington family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donington research.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 153 and 1532 are included under the topic Early Donington History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donington Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Donington have been found, including Donnington, Donington, Donnyngton, Donyngton and many more.
Early Notables of the Donington family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: Thomas Donington, B. Decr. (died 1532), Dean of York and Southwell. "Donington was formally instituted to Aughton by Cardinal Wolsey, as legate 'a latere,' and had, it would appear, obtained possession, but on the Feast of the Assumption, when prepared to say mass and preach the word of God, was ousted by Brian Moorcroft. The latter was chaplain of Edward Molyneux, rector of Sefton, described... Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donington Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donington family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Donington, or a variant listed above:
Donington Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Robert Donington, who arrived in Virginia in 1721
- William Donington, who arrived in New England in 1746
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