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Downton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Downton family


The surname Downton was first found in Wiltshire at Downton, a village and civil parish on the River Avon that dates back to Roman times where in 1953 the site of a Roman villa was discovered there. Moving ahead in time, the Saxons held the area c. 672 when it was listed as Duntun. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
More than 400 years later, the Domesday Book of 1086 lists the place name as Duntone. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
The Manor House in Downton is generally thought to be the longest inhabited house in the South of England as it has been in use since c. 850. There are two other locals named Downton: a civil parish in Herefordshire that contains the village of Downton-on-the-Rock; and a hamlet in Hampshire. Downton literally means "hill settlement" or "farmstead on or by the hill or down." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Early History of the Downton family


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Downton Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Downton, Dounton and others.

Early Notables of the Downton family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Downton family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Downton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Downton, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • John Downton, who landed in Virginia in 1655 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • John Downton who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Richard Downton, who settled in Nevis in 1663 along with his brother William

Downton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Nicholas Downton, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Mary Downton, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Downton, who settled in New England in 1772

Downton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • H Downton, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Downton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Downton, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"

Contemporary Notables of the name Downton (post 1700)


  • James "Jim" Victor Downton Jr. (b. 1938), American sociologist
  • John Downton (1906-1991), American artist, musician and philosopher
  • Ryan Downton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 47th District, 2012 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Paul Rupert Downton (b. 1957), former English cricketer who played in thirty Tests
  • Paul F Downton, Australian sustainable city theorist and activist
  • Andrew Graham Downton (b. 1977), Australian cricketer
  • Geoffrey M. Downton, British Columbia Land Surveyor, epoynm of Mount Downton and Downton Lake, BC
  • David Downton (b. 1959), British illustrator, fashion images and famous portraits

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Citations


  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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