The ancient history of the Dunneen name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Downing, Oxfordshire.
Early Origins of the Dunneen family
The surname Dunneen 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 Dunneen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunneen research.Another 381 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1400, 1672, 1623, 1684, 1656, 1711, 1685, 1749 and 1764 are included under the topic Early Dunneen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Dunneen Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Dunneen include Downing, Doning, Douning, Duning and others.
Early Notables of the Dunneen 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 Dunneen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Dunneen family to Ireland
Some of the Dunneen family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 84 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 Dunneen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Dunneen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Dunneen, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "Lady Ann"