Origins Available: English
The origins of the Dunion name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Dunion was originally derived from a family having lived in Downing, Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Dunion family
The surname Dunion was first found in Oxfordshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Dunion family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunion research.Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1656, 1711, 1685, 1749 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Dunion History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dunion Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Dunion include Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.
Early Notables of the Dunion family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir George Downing (1623-1684), 1st Baronet
of East Hatley, an Anglo-Irish soldier, statesman, and diplomat, eponym of Downing Street in London; Sir George Downing, (c.
1656-1711), 2nd Baronet
of East... Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dunion family to Ireland
Some of the Dunion family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Dunion family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Francis Downing, who came to Virginia in 1624; James Downing and Emanuel Downing who both settled in Salem in 1630; Richard Downing, who settled in Virginia in 1653.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dunion (post 1700)
- Patrick J. Dunion, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 2000 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html