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The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Donkin family. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name "Donnchad," which means "brown warrior". The personal name Donnchad is composed of two elements; "donn," which means "brown" and "cath," which means "warrior".

Donkin Early Origins



The surname Donkin was first found in Northumberland, where they held great estates but were a branch of the distinguished Scottish Clan of Duncan who were originally of Iona in the Hebrides, but changed their name and continued to use the basic Coat of Arms of the Duncan Clan.

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Donkin Spelling Variations


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Donkin Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Donkin has been written as Donkin, Downkin, Donking, Donken, Downken and others.

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Donkin Early History


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Donkin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donkin research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donkin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donkin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donkin Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Donkin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Donkin or a variant listed above:

Donkin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Donkin arrived in Pennsylvania in 1820

Donkin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Donkin arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850
  • William Donkin, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "James Fernie"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donkin (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donkin (post 1700)



  • Dylan Donkin, American rock musician
  • Bryan Donkin Junior (1835-1902), British engineer who introduced the Farey engine in 1871 and later the Steam Revealer in 1888
  • William Fishburn Donkin (1814-1869), English astronomer and mathematician, Savilian Professor of Astronomy at the University of Oxford
  • Sir Rufane Shaw Donkin GCH KCB FRS FRGS (1773-1841), British army officer of the Napoleonic era and politician, Acting Governor of the Cape Colony (1820-1821)
  • Robin Arthur Donkin (1928-2006), born Robert Arthur, English historian and geographer and fellow of the British Academy
  • Air Commodore Peter Donkin CBE DSO (1913-2000), British RAF bomber pilot
  • Sydney Bryan Donkin (1871-1952), British civil engineer, President of the Smeatonian Society of Civil Engineers in 1949
  • John Donkin (1802-1854), British engineer, son of Bryan Donkin, father of Bryan Donkin Jr, and grandfather of Sydney Donkin
  • Bryan Donkin FRS (1768-1855), British inventor, engineer and industrialist; he developed the famous Fourdrinier machine and founded the first cannery to use tinned iron containers
  • William "Billy" Donkin (1900-1974), English professional footballer who played from 1921 to 1931
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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: Disce pati
Motto Translation: Learn to suffer.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    3. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    5. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

    The Donkin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donkin Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 26 August 2015 at 05:54.

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