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The Anglo-Saxon name Downe comes from the family having resided 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.

Downe Early Origins



The surname Downe 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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Downe Spelling Variations


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Downe Spelling Variations



Downe has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Down, Downe, Downer, Doune, Douner, Dounner, Downner and many more.

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Downe Early History


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Downe Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downe 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 Downe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downe Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Downe 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 Downe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downe In Ireland


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Downe In Ireland



Some of the Downe 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



In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Downes to arrive on North American shores:

Downe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Downe arrived on St. Christopher Island, in the West Indies in 1635
  • Robert Downe settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Tho Downe, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Jane Downe, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Richard Downe, who arrived in Maryland in 1661
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Abraham Downe, who landed in Maryland in 1734
  • John Downe, who arrived in New England in 1740
  • Jacob Downe, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1797
  • Jacob Downe landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1797

Downe Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • William Downe settled in Bonavista in 1681

Downe Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Downe landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson

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Contemporary Notables of the name Downe (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Downe (post 1700)



  • Ryan Downe, American musician and audio engineer
  • Taime Downe (b. 1964), born Gustave Molvik, an American Rock musician
  • William A. "Bill" Downe (b. 1952), Canadian bank executive, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Montreal (2007-)
  • Donald Richard Downe (b. 1951), Canadian farmer and politician, MLA for Lunenburg West (1993-2003)
  • Percy Downe (b. 1954), Canadian political aide and Senator from Prince Edward Island (2003-), Chief of Staff of the Prime Minister's Office (20012003)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. 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.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  11. ...

The Downe Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Downe 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.

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