The Downett surname is a habitational name, taken on from Downhead in Somerset
, or Donhead in Wiltshire
. These place names both derived from the Old English words "dun," meaning "hill," and "he-afod," meaning the geographic "head" of land. There was also a place so named in Caithness
Early Origins of the Downett family
The surname Downett was first found in Wiltshire
. Originally from Normandy
, the name was originally spelt Dannet, for De Anet or D'Alneto. D'Alnai is mentioned at the Battle of Hastings (Wace) as 'Sire d'Alnai.' CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Downett family
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Downett 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. Downett has been recorded under many different variations, including Dunnett, Dunnet, Donnatt, Donnat, Downett, Downatt, Dunett, Dunet, Donnett and many more.
Early Notables of the Downett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Downett family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Downett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- A. B. Downett, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "St. Leonards" in 1875