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The Down name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having 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.

Down Early Origins



The surname Down 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Down Spelling Variations


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Down 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 Down has undergone many spelling variations, including Down, Downe, Downer, Doune, Douner, Dounner, Downner and many more.

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Down Early History


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Down Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Down research. Another 657 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1226, 1066, 1350, 1327, 1379, 1407, 1445, 1779, 1810, 1619, 1805, 1549, 1628, 1609, 1666, 1712 and are included under the topic Early Down History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Down Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Down Early Notables (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...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Down Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Down In Ireland


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Down In Ireland



Some of the Down family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 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



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 Down were among those contributors:

Down Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Philip Down, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Martha Down settled in America in 1763

Down Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H. P. Down settled in New York State in 1823
  • Edward Down, who landed in New York in 1834
  • John Down, who landed in New York in 1838
  • George Down, who arrived in New York in 1840
  • Richard Down, who landed in New York in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Down Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Down settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1759 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Down Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Down from Tintern, County Wexford, Ireland was married in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1809 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Cornelius Down, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
  • Charles Down, from London, England, was a preacher and teacher in Sound Island, Newfoundland in 1857 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Down Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Down, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Joseph Down, English convict from Wiltshire, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849
  • William Down arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolivar" in 1850
  • Richard Henry Down, aged 30, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Anastasia Down, aged 24, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Down Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W. H. Down arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surat" in 1864
  • Rebecca Down, aged 27, a domestic servant, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oamaru" in 1878
  • Emily Down, aged 37, a dressmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Rimutaka" in 1886

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Contemporary Notables of the name Down (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Down (post 1700)



  • Richard John Down (b. 1950), American Major League Baseball hitting coach
  • Ralph J. Down, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Mercer County; Elected 1952
  • James H. Down, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Las Vegas, Nevada, 1935, 1939
  • Edgar F. Down, American Republican politician, School teacher and principal; Member of Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1947-48; Defeated in primary, 1948
  • Edgar F. Down, American politician, Mayor of Highland Park, Michigan; Elected 1922
  • Norman Cecil Sommers Down CMG, Senior Principal Inspector of Taxes
  • Lesley-Anne Down (b. 1954), English film and television actress former model and singer
  • Sir Edward Thomas "Ted" Down (1924-2009), English conductor, specialising in opera
  • Geoffrey "Geoff" Down (b. 1952), English rock keyboard player and songwriter
  • John Langdon Down (1828-1890), English doctor, eponym of Down's Syndrome
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Down Historic Events


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Down Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. John R Down (b. 1921), Scottish Sub-Lieutenant serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Terrance Down, MCG, British Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Austin Down, British Petty Office Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Down, British Pay Sub Lieutenant Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adelaide/1849

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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The Down Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Down Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 2 November 2016 at 08:22.

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