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The Anglo-Saxon name Downer comes from when the family resided as inhabitants by the down. The surname Downer is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Downer Early Origins



The surname Downer was first found in Cheshire 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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Downer Spelling Variations


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Downer 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. Downer has been recorded under many different variations, including Downer, Downyer, Downar and others.

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Downer Early History


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Downer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downer research. Another 258 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1407 and 1810 are included under the topic Early Downer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Downer Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Downer 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



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 Downer or a variant listed above:

Downer Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Downer, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • Henry Downer, who arrived in Virginia in 1654
  • Jane Downer, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Fra Downer, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • Rob Downer, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J B Downer, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1822
  • J Q Downer, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Arthur Charles Downer, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1870

Downer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Alice Downer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Caleb Downer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eliza Downer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Downer, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Downer, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downer Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • J Downer, who landed in Montreal in 1832

Downer Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Downer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Margaret Downer arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm
  • Francis Downer, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • Jane Downer, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • Mary Downer, aged 2, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Marion" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downer Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Haydon E. Downer, aged 36, a ship wright, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Anne Downer, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Fitz E. Downer, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Alfred Downer, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arethusa" in 1879
  • Mary Downer, aged 33, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

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Contemporary Notables of the name Downer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Downer (post 1700)



  • Major General Huntington "Hunt" Blair Downer Jr. (b. 1946), Republican politician in the U.S. state of Louisiana
  • John E. Downer, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1896
  • John B. Downer, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 10th District, 1865
  • Jason Downer, American politician, Justice of Wisconsin State Supreme Court, 1864-67; Circuit Judge in Wisconsin 2nd Circuit, 1869
  • J. W. Downer, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 22nd District, 1867-69
  • Huntington Blair Downer Jr. (b. 1946), American politician, Representative from Louisiana 3rd District, 2010
  • Frank M. Downer, American politician, Mayor of Longmont, Colorado, 1898-99
  • Charles Downer, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Vermont, 1904
  • Avery Downer, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Preston, 1830
  • Ava Downer, American politician, Dry Candidate for Delegate to Michigan convention to ratify 21st amendment from Wayne County 1st District, 1933
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MOFFATT 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Moffatt.htm

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  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 Downer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Downer 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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