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The ancestry of the name Dunt dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in Dunton in Essex, a place which no longer exists. Despite the fact that it no longer exists on any map, and its location is unknown, its existence in the Middle Ages is beyond doubt. It was recorded as a place in the Domesday Book in 1086, when it was rendered Dantune. Variations in spelling were common with all names until around the 18th century. Often the people who had the name were themselves completely illiterate, and were simply telling a clerk of the King's Court what their name was. This meant that the spelling of a name was up to the whim of the clerk. Often the names were Latinized (that is, put into a Latin form), or, it the clerk had never heard of the name before, he would make up the spelling of it on the spot, based upon phonetics. However, phonetics was an imprecise science at the time, leading to many and varied spellings of the same name. This practice ended in the 18th century, when the spread of literacy meant that most people knew how to spell their names. Quite often, the modern spelling of a surname is a phonetic rendering of the name as said in the 18th century.

Dunt Early Origins



The surname Dunt was first found in Norfolk 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.

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Dunt Spelling Variations


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Dunt Spelling Variations



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 Dunt have been found, including Dunton, Duntin and others.

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Dunt Early History


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Dunt Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunt research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1400, 1659, and 1733 are included under the topic Early Dunt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dunt Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dunt Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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 Dunt, or a variant listed above:

Dunt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Dunt, who arrived in Maryland in 1670

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    9. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    10. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
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    The Dunt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunt 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 March 2015 at 10:38.

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