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Dornay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Dornay family


The surname Dornay was first found in Cornwall where the family held at one time fifteen manors and were descended by an heiress to the house of Courtenay Earl of Devon about the reign of Edward II. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
It is known to be a "Norman family by reputation, and said to be traced to the Conquest, descended from Sir William Downay, who was in the wars in the Holy Land with Richard I. in 1192, at which time that King gave him, in memory of his acts of valour, a ring from his finger, which is still in possession of the family." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
The actual spelling of Sir William is under dispute as another reference claims William D'Aunay accompanied Richard I. to Palestine. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
This latter reference digs further to their earlier life in Normandy where the name was also known as "De Alneto, a branch of the baronial house of Bassett, deriving from Fulco or Fulcelin de Alneto, brother of Osmond Bassett, Baron of Normanville in 1050." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

Early History of the Dornay family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dornay research.
Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1394, 1415, 1420, 1487, 1455, 1487, 1625, 1695, 1660, 1661, 1661 and 1690 are included under the topic Early Dornay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dornay Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Dawney, Dawny, Dawn, Dawnie, Dawne, Dawnay, Dawnsey, Daun, Dorn, Dorne and many more.

Early Notables of the Dornay family (pre 1700)


Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dornay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Dornay family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bryan Dawney, who settled in Virginia in 1722; Mary Dawney, who settled in America in 1745; and Francis Dawney, who arrived in Jamaica in 1785.

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Citations


  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)

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