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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


Dalriada, in ancient Scotland, is where the name Downie evolved. It was a name for someone 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.

Downie Early Origins



The surname Downie was 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.

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Downie Spelling Variations


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Downie Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Downie has been written as Downey, Downie, Downy, MacIldowney, MacIldownie, MacDowney, MacDownie, O'Downey and many more.

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Downie Early History


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Downie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downie research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1402, and 1550 are included under the topic Early Downie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Downie Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Downie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downie In Ireland


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Downie In Ireland



Some of the Downie 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Downie, or a variant listed above:

Downie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Downie who settled in New England in 1685
  • John Downie, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Downie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Walter Downie, who arrived in New England in 1735
  • Joseph Downie, who arrived in North Carolina in 1774
  • Mary Downie, who landed in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Christian Downie, who arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina in 1774
  • Christn Downie, aged 30, arrived in North Carolina in 1774

Downie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andrew Downie, who landed in Ohio in 1844

Downie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Barbara Downie, aged 32, a servant, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850
  • Thomas W Downie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sibella" in 1850
  • James Downie, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • Charles Downie, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"

Downie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Jane Downie, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • J. Downie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Morning Star" in 1861
  • Mary Ann Downie arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863
  • Catherine Downie, aged 26, a servant, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Rimutaka" in 1885

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Contemporary Notables of the name Downie (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Downie (post 1700)



  • David Leonard Downie (b. 1961), American scholar
  • Joyce Downie, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Maine, 1960
  • Cullen Leitch Downie, American politician, Village President of Alma, Michigan, 1885-86
  • Robert Downie VC, MM (1894-1968), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • John Dennis Downie (b. 1925), Scottish football player
  • Steve Downie (b. 1987), Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Penny Downie (b. 1954), Australian actress
  • Leonard "Len" Downie Jr. (b. 1942), executive editor of The Washington Post
  • Alexander Frank Downie, current member of the Legislative Council of the Isle of Man
  • Gordon Downie (b. 1964), Canadian rock musician, writer and occasional actor, lead singer for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip

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Downie Historic Events


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Downie Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Daniel Deveney Downie, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Downie Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    2. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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    The Downie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Downie 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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