The present generation of the Donnink family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in Downing, Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Donnink family
The surname Donnink 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.
Early History of the Donnink family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donnink 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 Donnink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donnink Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Donnink include Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.
Early Notables of the Donnink 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 Donnink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donnink family to Ireland
Some of the Donnink 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
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Migration of the Donnink family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Donnink were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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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