The origins of the Downner name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the family lived in an area that was described by a downward slope. The surname was originally derived from the Anglo-Saxon
which means a hill.
Early Origins of the Downner family
The surname Downner was first found in Sussex
. Another branch was located at Roosdown in Devon
. "This place, which was formerly a parish, was anciently called Ralphdown, from its owner, Ralph de Downe, in the reign of Henry II." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Downner family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downner research.Another 657 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1270, 1226, 1066, 1350, 1327, 1379, 1407, 1445, 1779, 1810, 1619, 1805, 1549, 1628, 1609, 1666, 1712 and are included under the topic Early Downner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Downner Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Downner were recorded, including Down, Downe, Downer, Doune, Douner, Dounner, Downner and many more.
Early Notables of the Downner family (pre 1700)
Distinguished members of the family include Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.
1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the Apocrypha for the King James Version of the Bible... Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Downner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Downner family to Ireland
Some of the Downner family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Downner family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Downner family emigrate to North America: Robert Downe arrived on St. Christopher Island, in the West Indies in 1635. John Downe crossed over in 1663 and landed in Virginia. Later he sailed south in 1685 to Barbados. Branches of the family later colonized the eastern seaboard..