Dowen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Dowen is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family 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 Dowen family
The surname Dowen 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." 
Early History of the Dowen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowen research. Another 329 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1226, 1066, 1350, 1327, 1379, 1407, 1445, 1779, 1810, 1619, 1805, 1549, 1628, 1570, 1631, 1570, 1609, 1666, 1662, 1710 and are included under the topic Early Dowen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dowen Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Dowen are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Dowen include: Down, Downe, Downer, Doune, Douner, Dounner, Downner and many more.
Early Notables of the Dowen 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.
John Downe (1570?-1631), was an English divine, son of John Downe, by his wife, Joan, daughter of John...
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Migration of the Dowen family to Ireland
Some of the Dowen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Dowen migration to the United States +
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dowen or a variant listed above:
Dowen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Roert Dowen, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 
Dowen migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Dowen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Dowen, aged 35, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
Related Stories +
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)