Donnie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Donnie surname is a habitational name, taken on from Downhead in Somerset, or Donhead in Wiltshire. These place names both derived from the Old English words "dun," meaning "hill," and "he-afod," meaning the geographic "head" of land. There was also a place so named in Caithness, Scotland.

Early Origins of the Donnie family

The surname Donnie was first found in Wiltshire. Originally from Normandy, the name was originally spelt Dannet, for De Anet or D'Alneto. D'Alnai is mentioned at the Battle of Hastings (Wace) as 'Sire d'Alnai.' [1]

Early History of the Donnie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donnie research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1296, 1500, 1577, 1648 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Donnie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Donnie 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 Donnie 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 Donnie include: Dunnett, Dunnet, Donnatt, Donnat, Downett, Downatt, Dunett, Dunet, Donnett and many more.

Early Notables of the Donnie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Donnie family

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 Donnie or a variant listed above: John Dunnet who settled in America in 1772. By the mid-1800's, the Dunnetts were among the many who traveled across the mid-west to the coast of California to make their home in San Francisco..

Contemporary Notables of the name Donnie (post 1700) +

  • Donnie Caison, American yacht builder and founder of Caison Yachts, North Carolina
  • Donnie Dippel, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Texas State House of Representatives 17th District, 2008 [2]
  • Donnie Duncan (1940-2016), American football coach and college athletics administrator, 26th head football coach for the Iowa State University Cyclones (1979-1982)
  • Donnie Ray Oldham (1951-2005), American NFL football defensive back
  • Donnie Demers, American songwriter, pianist and record producer
  • Donnie Shell (b. 1952), former American Football strong safety
  • Donnie Fritts (b. 1942), American session musician and songwriter
  • Commander Donnie W. Huckaby, American maintenance officer at McMurdo Station, eponym of Mount Huckaby
  • Donnie "Don" McDougall (b. 1948), Canadian guitarist for "The Guess Who"
  • Donnie Rains, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Kentucky State House of Representatives 82nd District, 1973 [3]

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 25) . Retrieved from
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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