Dunville History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Dunville is a name that was brought to England by the ancestors of the Dunville family when they migrated to the region after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Dunville family lived in Cheshire. The family was originally from Dumville, in the arrondisement of Lisieux in Normandy.

Early Origins of the Dunville family

The surname Dunville was first found in Cheshire where the family was originally of Donville in the arrondisement of Lisieux in Normandy. The family held estates at Thingwell in Cheshire in early times. "In the reign of Richard II. this place was held by the Domvilles, from whom it passed, through the Hulses and the Troutbecks, to the ancestors of the Earl of Shrewsbury." [1]

Important Dates for the Dunville family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunville research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1565, 1624, 1742, 1833, 1813, 1613, 1609, 1689, 1650, 1721, 1696 and 1768 are included under the topic Early Dunville History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dunville Spelling Variations

Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Dunville have been found, including Domvile, Domville, Donvill, Donville, Dunville and many more.

Early Notables of the Dunville family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Dunville family to Ireland

Some of the Dunville family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dunville family

For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Dunville were among those contributors: Edward Dumbrell, who came to Maryland in 1719; Patrick Domvile, who landed in America in 1754; as well as a Major Domville, who came to Halifax, N.S. in 1796..

Contemporary Notables of the name Dunville (post 1700)

  • Doug Dunville, Canadian former ice hockey player from Toronto, Ontario, active in the 1960s
  • John Spencer Dunville VC (1896-1917), British Army officer and an posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions on 25 June 1917 near Épehy, France
  • John Dunville, Irish founder of Dunville & Co, a tea and spirits merchant company, based in Belfast, County Antrim, founded in 1837, it is best known for its most popular whisky Dunville's VR


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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