Origins Available: English, Irish
Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living in Downing, Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Donning family
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.
Early History of the Donning family
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Donning Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Donning family (pre 1700)
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...
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Migration of the Donning family to Ireland
Some of the Donning family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Donning family to the New World and Oceana
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
Donning Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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