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Downton Early Origins



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)

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Downton Spelling Variations


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Downton Spelling Variations



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

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Downton Early History


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Downton Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Downton research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Downton History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Downton Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Downton Early Notables (pre 1700)



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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Downton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Downton settled in Barbados in 1654
  • John Downton, who landed in Virginia in 1655
  • John Downton who settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Richard Downton 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
  • Mary Downton, who arrived in America in 1760-1763
  • George Downton 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

Downton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name Downton (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Downton (post 1700)



  • James "Jim" Victor Downton Jr. (b. 1938), American sociologist
  • Ryan Downton, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 47th District, 2012
  • John Downton (1906-1991), American artist, musician and philosopher
  • 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


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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)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
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The Downton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Downton 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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