The present generation of the Douner family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in an area that was described by a downward slope. The surname was originally derived from the Anglo-Saxon
which means a hill.
Early Origins of the Douner family
The surname Douner was first found in 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 Douner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Douner research.Another 657 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1226, 1066, 1350, 1327, 1379, 1407, 1445, 1779, 1810, 1619, 1805, 1549, 1628, 1609, 1666, 1712 and are included under the topic Early Douner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Douner Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Douner include Down, Downe, Downer, Doune, Douner, Dounner, Downner and many more.
Early Notables of the Douner family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.
1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the Apocrypha for the King James Version of the Bible... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Douner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Douner family to Ireland
Some of the Douner family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 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 Douner family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Douner were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Robert Downe arrived on St. Christopher Island, in the West Indies in 1635. John Downe crossed over in 1663 and landed in Virginia. Later he sailed south in 1685 to Barbados. Branches of the family later colonized the eastern seaboard..