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Multiple Origins for the Surname Downey



Gaelic, otherwise known as Early Modern Irish, was used in Ireland from around the year 1200 until the 18th century. It is from this language that we found the first references to the name Downey as O Dúnadhaigh. The name is essentially derived from the word dún which means fort.

Downey Early Origins



The surname Downey was first found in the twelfth century.

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Downey Spelling Variations


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Downey Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Downey were encountered in the archives: O'Downey, Dawney, MacDowney, MacEldowney, Muldowney and many more.

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Downey Early History


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Downey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downey research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the year 1420 is included under the topic Early Downey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Downey Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable among the family name at this time was the O'Dunadhaigh sept found in Luchair, the old name of a region that lay on the borders of...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Downey 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



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Downey family came to North America quite early:

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • John Downey, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" from London, England
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Downey, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Downey, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemen’s 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 [1]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
  • 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Downey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Downey (post 1700)



  • 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
  • ... (Another 33 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Downey Historic Events


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Downey Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Thomas Shaun Downey, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Francis Downey, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania


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Suggested Readings for the name Downey


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Suggested Readings for the name Downey



  • A Downey & Crawford Ancestry by Roy H. Downey.
  • The Genealogy of Thomas Downey and Margaret Tracey by Joyce V. Hawley Spires.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  3. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  4. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  7. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  8. 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.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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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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