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The Downard name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in Downhead in Somerset and Donhead in Wiltshire. Most cases are thought to come from the earlier settlement in Wiltshire, but some branches of the family are known to have originated in Somerset.

Downard Early Origins



The surname Downard was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Downard Spelling Variations


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Downard 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 Downard has undergone many spelling variations, including Dunnett, Dunnet, Donnatt, Donnat, Downett, Downatt, Dunett, Dunet, Donnett and many more.

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Downard Early History


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Downard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downard research. Another 555 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1246, 1296, 1500, 1577, 1648 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Downard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Downard Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Downard Notables 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 Downard were among those contributors: John Dunnet who settled in America in 1772. By the mid-1800's, the Dunnetts were among the many who traveled across the mid-west to the coast of California to make their home in San Francisco..

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Contemporary Notables of the name Downard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Downard (post 1700)



  • Patrick Kelly Downard, American politician, Republican Councilman for the 16th District of Louisville Metro in Kentucky
  • Patrick Kelly Downard (b. 1946), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 2004; Candidate for Mayor of Louisville, Kentucky, 2006
  • John W. Downard, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1904
  • Kevin Downard, Australian academic scientist, Associate Professor in the School of Molecular Bioscience at the University of Sydney

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Downard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Downard 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 1 June 2016 at 19:02.

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