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The Anglo-Saxon name Dowing comes from when the family resided in Downing, Oxfordshire.

Dowing Early Origins



The surname Dowing 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.

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Dowing Early History


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Dowing Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dowing research. Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1656, 1711, 1685, 1749 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Dowing History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowing Spelling Variations


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Dowing Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Dowing has been recorded under many different variations, including Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.

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Dowing Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dowing Early Notables (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 Dowing Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dowing In Ireland


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Dowing In Ireland



Some of the Dowing family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dowing or a variant listed above: 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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