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The history of the Donning family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Downing, Oxfordshire.

Donning Early Origins



The surname Donning 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.

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Donning Spelling Variations


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Donning Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Donning include Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.

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Donning Early History


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Donning Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donning research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1st , 1656, 1711, 1685 and 1749 are included under the topic Early Donning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donning Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donning Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Downing (1623-1684), 1st Baronet, an Anglo-Irish soldier, statesman, and diplomat, eponym of Downing Street in London. ; Sir George...

Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donning Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donning In Ireland


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Donning In Ireland



Some of the Donning 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Donning or a variant listed above:

Donning Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Donning, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • William Donning, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841

Donning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary Donning, aged 22, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    11. ...

    The Donning Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donning 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 31 July 2012 at 10:16.

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