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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
Downey is a Dalriadan-Scottish name, no doubt originally for a person who lived in the old barony of Duny or Downy, which was also called Douney in 1331, in the parish of Monikie, Angus. The surname is still commonplace in the district and Downie is one of the oldest names in the parish of Kemnay.
Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Downey has appeared in various documents spelled Downey, Downie, Downy, MacIldowney, MacIldownie, MacDowney, MacDownie, O'Downey and many more.
First found in the parish of Monikie in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire. One of the first records of the name was Duncan de Dunny who witnessed a discussion of boundaries of Tulloes (Tulloch) and Conon in 1254.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downey research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1402, and 1550 are included under the topic Early Downey History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Downey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Downey family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 194 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Downey family emigrate to North America:
Downey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- James Downey who went to Pennsylvania in 1711
- Darby Downey sailed to America in 1738
- Elizabeth Downey went to Philadelphia in 1745
- Elizabeth Downey, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
- Daniel Downey settled in New England in 1748
Downey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Downey, who arrived in Maryland in 1812
- Charles Downey, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
- Peter Downey, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
- Dennis Downey, aged 44, landed in Missouri in 1847
- Patrick Downey went to Boston in 1849 when he was 26
Downey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- C. R. Downey went to Oregon in the year 1900
Downey Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Judith Downey, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
- Sarah Downey settled in Quebec in 1824
- Calvin C Downey, who arrived in Canada in 1828
- William Downey, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
- John Downey, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" from London
Downey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Downey, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- Dennis Downey, English convict from Suffolk, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- Mary Downey, aged 17, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
- Jane Downey arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849
Downey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Edward Downey landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Downey landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- John Downey, aged 23, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
- Mary Downey, aged 23, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
- James Downey arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" in 1855
- Thomas Joseph Downey (b. 1949), American politician Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1975-1993)
- Sean Morton Downey (1932-2001), American singer, songwriter and talk show host, known for his program The Morton Downey, Jr. Show
- Frank X. Downey, American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives, 1957-65, 1965-67
- Francis W. Downey, American politician, Delegate to New Hampshire State Constitutional Convention from Manchester 5th Ward, 1956
- Ellen Downey, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920, 1924
- Edward L. Downey Jr., American politician, Mayor of Marquette, Michigan, 1965, 1968
- Edward Downey, American politician, Representative from North Carolina 3rd District, 1996
- Christine Downey, American Democrat politician, Member of Kansas State Senate 31st District; Elected 2000
- Charles J. Downey, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1916
- A. M. Downey, American Democrat politician, Member of Wyoming State House of Representatives, 1950
- A Downey & Crawford Ancestry by Roy H. Downey.
- The Genealogy of Thomas Downey and Margaret Tracey by Joyce V. Hawley Spires.
- Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
- Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
- Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
- Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
- Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
The Downey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Downey 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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