Early Origins of the Dounton family
Wiltshire at Downton, a village and civil parish on the River Avon that dates back to Roman times where in 1953 the site of a Roman villa was discovered there. Moving ahead in time, the Saxons held the area c. 672 when it was listed as Duntun. CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4) More than 400 years later, the Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place name as Duntone. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) The Manor House in Downton is generally thought to be the longest inhabited house in the South of England as it has been in use since c. 850. There are two other locals named Downton: a civil parish in Herefordshire that contains the village of Downton-on-the-Rock; and a hamlet in Hampshire. Downton literally means "hill settlement" or "farmstead on or by the hill or down." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Dounton family
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Dounton Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Downton, Dounton and others.
Early Notables of the Dounton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dounton family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Downton who settled in Virginia in 1655; Samuel Downton settled in Barbados in 1654; Richard Downton settled in Nevis in 1663; along with his brother William.
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