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Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Downes appeared as O Dubhain, where the first portion of the word is dubh, which means black, and the second portion is probably derived from some obsolete Irish personal name.

Downes Early Origins



The surname Downes was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, from very ancient times.

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Downes Spelling Variations


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Downes Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Downes were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. Downs, Down, Downe, Downes and others.

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Downes Early History


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Downes Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downes research. Another 379 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1679, 1675, 1549, 1628, 1735, 1727, 1735, 1724, 1727, 1720, 1724, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Downes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downes Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Downes Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was William Ducie ( c. 1612-1679), created 1st Viscount Downe in 1675; Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Downes 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Downes family in North America:

Downes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Eustice Downes, who landed in Virginia in 1622
  • William Downes, aged 24, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Walter Downes, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Eustace Downes, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Fr Downes, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Downes, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Randall Downes, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Edward Downes, who landed in New England in 1724
  • Ann Downes settled in Maryland in 1730
  • James Downes, who landed in Maryland in 1740
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Downes settled in New London Conn. in 1820
  • G Downes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Downes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1856

Downes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Michael Downes who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle in 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  • Mr. Owen Downes, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Julius Caesar" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  • Mr. Patrick Downes, aged 25 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Triton" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in July 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  • Mr. Patrick Downes, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jessie" departing from the port of Limerick but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  • S Downes, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Downes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Downes, a baker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Downes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Warrior" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WARRIOR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Warrior.htm
  • Richard Downes, English convict from Warwick, 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
  • William Downes, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Cheapside"
  • W. Downes arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downes Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Susan Downes arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tobago" in 1842
  • Aaron Downes, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • M.A. Downes arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Margaret Downes arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
  • Charles Downes arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Downes (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Downes (post 1700)



  • Edwin Olin Downes (1886-1955), American music critic
  • Commodore John Downes (1786-1854), United States Navy officer
  • Edward Olin Davenport Downes (1911-2001), American musicologist and music critic, best known as the host of Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts (1958 to 1996)
  • Doris Downes, American botanical artist and painter of natural history
  • L. G. Downes, American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1876
  • Joseph B. Downes (1906-1955), American Democrat politician, Member of Connecticut State Senate 19th District, 1937-40; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1944
  • John P. Downes, American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1957-65, 1965-67, 1967-73
  • J. M. N. Downes, American politician, Candidate for West Virginia State Senate 13th District, 1914
  • George Downes, American politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1850-51, 1859; Resigned 1859
  • Gary W. Downes, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Delaware State Senate 18th District, 1998
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 26)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WARRIOR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Warrior.htm
  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

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Downes Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Downes 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 10:05.

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