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Where did the English Doom family come from? What is the English Doom family crest and coat of arms? When did the Doom family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Doom family history?

The Anglo-Saxon name Doom comes from when the family resided in an area that was described by a downward slope. The surname was originally derived from the Anglo-Saxon word dun which means a hill.


The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, 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. Doom has been recorded under many different variations, including Down, Downe, Downer, Doune, Douner, Dounner, Downner and many more.

First found in Sussex where they held a family seat from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doom research. Another 658 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1226, 1270, 1327, 1350, 1379, 1407, 1445, 1549, 1609, 1619, 1628, 1666, 1712, 1779, 1805, and 1810 are included under the topic Early Doom History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 118 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doom Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Doom family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 88 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Doom or a variant listed above:

Doom Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John B Doom, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850


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The Doom Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doom 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 17 March 2011 at 08:20.

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