Donnine History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Donnine is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Downing, Oxfordshire.

Early Origins of the Donnine family

The surname Donnine was first found in Oxfordshire 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.

Important Dates for the Donnine family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donnine research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1656, 1711, 1685, 1749 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Donnine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Donnine 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. Donnine has been recorded under many different variations, including Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.

Early Notables of the Donnine family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Downing (1623-1684), 1st Baronet of East Hatley, an Anglo-Irish soldier, statesman, and diplomat, eponym of Downing Street in London; Sir George Downing, (c. 1656-1711), 2nd Baronet of East...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donnine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Donnine family to Ireland

Some of the Donnine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Donnine family

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 Donnine or a variant listed above: Francis Downing, who came to Virginia in 1624; James Downing and Emanuel Downing who both settled in Salem in 1630; Richard Downing, who settled in Virginia in 1653.

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