Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from a family once having lived in Downing, Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Donnyng 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 Donnyng family
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Donnyng Spelling Variations
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. Donnyng has been recorded under many different variations, including Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.
Early Notables of the Donnyng 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 Donnyng family to Ireland
Some of the Donnyng family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Donnyng family to the New World and Oceana
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 Donnyng 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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