Origins Available: English, Scottish
Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived 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.
Early Origins of the Doun family
Sussex. Another branch was located at Roosdown in Devon. "This place, which was formerly a parish, was anciently called Ralphdown, from its owner, Ralph de Downe, in the reign of Henry II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Doun family
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Doun Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Doun family name include Down, Downe, Downer, Doune, Douner, Dounner, Downner and many more.
Early Notables of the Doun family (pre 1700)
(c. 1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the Apocrypha for the King James Version of the Bible...
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Migration of the Doun family to Ireland
Some of the Doun family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Doun 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 Doun surname or a spelling variation of the name include:
Doun Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
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