Donnying is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having lived in Downing, Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Donnying family
The surname Donnying 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 Donnying family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donnying research.Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1656, 1711, 1685, 1749 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Donnying History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Donnying Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Donnying family name include Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.
Early Notables of the Donnying 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 Donnying Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donnying family to Ireland
Some of the Donnying family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Donnying family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Donnying surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.