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The ancestry of the name Dunham dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in the parish of Dunham, in the county of Norfolk. The place-name is made up of two old English elements: dun, which is a word for hill; and ham, which means home. The translation of the name is home on the hill.

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The surname Dunham was first found in Norfolk at Downham Market, often referred to as Downham, a town and civil parish. The place dates back to c. 1050 and was listed later in 1086 in the Domesday Book as Dunham. However, there are several more listings of the place name including Little Downham in Cambridgeshire, Downham, Lancashire and Downham, Essex. Wilmslow in Cheshire was an ancient family seat for the family. "The church is a handsome and very ancient structure in the decorated and later English styles, with a square tower; it comprises a nave, chancel, and two aisles, of which the east end of one and the west end of the other are inclosed as sepulchral chapels, for the families of Dunham and Trafford." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Downham Estate is a housing estate in Downham, south east London named in honour of Lord Downham, who was chairman of the London County Council between 1919-1920. Downham Hall is an English country house in Downham, Lancashire, but this estate was never held by anyone with the family name.

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dunham have been found, including Dunham, Dunnam, Downham, Dounham, Downnam and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunham research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1332, 1511, 1577, 1561 and 1577 are included under the topic Early Dunham History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 16 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunham Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Dunham family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 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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Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Dunham, or a variant listed above:

Dunham Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Dunham of Plymouth who in 1633 purchased land at Dartmouth
  • Robert Dunham, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Thomas Dunham, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • John Dunham of Barnstable settled in America in 1655

Dunham Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Dunham, who arrived in Maryland in 1747

Dunham Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Dunham, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
  • Ann Dunham, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • John S Dunham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • B T Dunham, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • E Dunham, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
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Dunham Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Ms. Mary Dunlap U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 331 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Benjamin Dunn U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harboutr, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Daniel Dunham U.E. (b. 1730) born in Woodstock, New Jersey, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 married to Catharine Campbell c. 1746 they had 6 children he died before 1821 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. David Elson Dunham U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Isaac Dunham U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Dunham Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William Dunham, who arrived in Canada in 1836
  • Alfred Dunham, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862
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  • Ransom Williams Dunham (1838-1896), American politician, U.S. Representative from Illinois (1883-1889)
  • Mark Wentworth Dunham (1842-1899), American importer and breeder of horses
  • Michael Dunham (b. 1972), retired American professional ice hockey goaltender, current goal-tending coach for the New York Islanders
  • Lena Dunham (b. 1986), American filmmaker and four-time Emmy Award and two-time Golden Globe nominated actress
  • Jonathan Singletary Dunham (1640-1724), American settler of Woodbridge, New Jersey, who built the first gristmill in New Jersey
  • Jeffrey "Jeff" Dunham (b. 1962), American ventriloq Uist and stand-up comedian; Forbes.com ranked him as the third highest-paid comedian in the United States (2008-2009)
  • Jason Lee Dunham (1981-2004), American Corporal in the United States Marine Corps, eponym of the destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG-109)
  • Cyrus Livingston Dunham (1817-1877), American Civil War Colonel, U.S. Representative from Indiana (1849-1855)
  • Archie W. Dunham (b. 1938), American Independent Non-Executive Chairman of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Conoco Inc
  • Stanley Ann Dunham (1942-1995), American anthropologist, mother of Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States
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  • The Dunhams of Callaway: A Genealogical History by Ray Fields Dawson.
  • Fuller-Dunham Genealogy: From Edward Fuller of the Mayflower Robert Wallace Dunham.
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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  5. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
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