Downing

This name is of Anglo-Saxon origin and is from a nickname for a man with particularly dark hair or a swarthy complexion, usually found as "Dunn", and of which "Downing" and "Dunning" are the patronymic forms, meaning "the son of Dunn". The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "dunn" meaning "dark-coloured". The name may also partly derive from an Olde English byname recorded as "Dunn" or "Dunna", meaning "the dark one". The surname development has included Geoffrey Dounyng (1311, Essex), Alice Downyng (1379, Yorkshire) and John Downing, sheriff of Norwich (1432, Norfolk). Francis Downing was an early emigrant to the New World, being listed in the "muster" at Charles City, in Virginia, in 1624. Sir George Downing (1623 - 1684), first baronet, was scout-master-general of Cromwell's army in Scotland in 1650, and headed the movement for offering the crown to Cromwell. Also a notable foreign diplomat, Colbert called him "le plus grand querelleur des diplomates de son temps". His grandson, also Sir George (1684 - 1749), founded Downing College. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Richard Duning, which was dated 1197, in the "Fines Court Records of Oxfordshire", during the reign of King Richard 1, known as "The Lionheart", 1189 - 1199. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Downing — may refer to: Places Downing Street, London, UK 10 Downing Street, London, UK 11 Downing Street, London, UK 12 Downing Street, London, UK Downing, Wisconsin, USA Downing, Missouri, USA Downing College, Cambridge, UK Downing Site, Cambridge, UK… …   Wikipedia

  • Downing — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Andrew Jackson Downing (1815–1852), US amerikanischer Architekt Burton Downing (1885–1929), US amerikanischer Radrennfahrer Charles Downing († 1845), US amerikanischer Politiker Dean Downing (* 1975),… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Downing — Downing, WI U.S. village in Wisconsin Population (2000): 257 Housing Units (2000): 107 Land area (2000): 2.974642 sq. miles (7.704288 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.974642 sq. miles (7.704288… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Downing, MO — U.S. city in Missouri Population (2000): 396 Housing Units (2000): 210 Land area (2000): 0.665135 sq. miles (1.722692 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.665135 sq. miles (1.722692 sq. km) FIPS… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Downing, WI — U.S. village in Wisconsin Population (2000): 257 Housing Units (2000): 107 Land area (2000): 2.974642 sq. miles (7.704288 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.974642 sq. miles (7.704288 sq. km) FIPS …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Downing — (spr. Dauning), Andrew Jackson, geb. 1815 zu Newburgh im Staate New York, widmete sich der Baukunst u. Kunstgärtnerei u. ertrank 1852 auf einer Reise nach Washington. Er schr.: Treatise on the theory and practice of landscape gardening, New York… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Downing — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Lieux Downing Street, rue de Londres (Angleterre) Personnalités Kenneth Keith Downing (1951 ), guitariste du groupe de heavy metal britannique Judas… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Downing — Down Down, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Downed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Downing}.] To cause to go down; to make descend; to put down; to overthrow, as in wrestling; hence, to subdue; to bring down. [Archaic or Colloq.] To down proud hearts. Sir P. Sidney.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Downing — /ˈdaʊnɪŋ/ (say downing) noun Richard Ivan, 1915–75, Australian economist and academic; proponent of academic reform …   Australian English dictionary

  • Downing — noun United States landscape architect who designed the grounds of the White House and the Capitol Building (1815 1852) • Syn: ↑Andrew Jackson Downing • Instance Hypernyms: ↑landscape architect, ↑landscape gardener, ↑landscaper, ↑landscapist * *… …   Useful english dictionary

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