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.
Early Origins of the Dunt family
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.
Early History of the Dunt family
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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.
Early Notables of the Dunt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dunt family to the New World and Oceana
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
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