Douning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The lineage of the name Douning begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Downing, Oxfordshire.

Early Origins of the Douning family

The surname Douning was first found in 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.

Important Dates for the Douning family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Douning research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1656, 1711, 1685, 1749 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Douning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Douning Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Douning has undergone many spelling variations, including Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.

Early Notables of the Douning family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Downing (1623-1684), 1st 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...
Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Douning Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Douning family to Ireland

Some of the Douning family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Douning family

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Douning were among those contributors: 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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