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Early Origins of the Dounton family

The surname Dounton was first found in 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. [1]

More than 400 years later, the Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place name as Duntone. [2] 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." [1]

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

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Migration of the Dounton family

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.

  1. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) on Facebook