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Old 4th June 2018, 13:34   #1
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Hugenot

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I’m looking for information/connections for my family name. I live in Northern Ireland and believe my name derives from a Hugenot family. My name is David Dowey. The spelling of my surname may be an English spelling of the French name. I know there are people in America and Canada with the same surname but would like to learn more about the background to the name.

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Re: Hugenot

The most logical way to find out if you have Huguenot ancestry would be to start working back thorough your family, parents, grandparents, great grandparents etc. You can't just jump in at the deep end, find a French name which sounds like yours and start looking for people with that name. You need the links from the present day working backwards into the past.

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Old 4th June 2018, 15:21   #3
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Map of Gaelic Ireland showing its territory of the Ulaidh or Ulidia (kingdom) circa 900 A.D.
Downey is an Irish surname that means in English “belonging to a fort”. The name is found from ancient times in areas of Ireland’s modern County Galway, southwest Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Ulster and Leinster and is believed to be the surname of three distinct families.[1] In Ulster, Downey (I. O’Duibheanaigh) were the chiefs of the Ulaid petty-kingdom of Cinel Amhalgaidh, now known as Clanawley in County Down, Northern Ireland.

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Map of Gaelic Ireland showing its territory of the Ulaidh or Ulidia (kingdom) circa 900 A.D.
Downey is an Irish surname that means in English “belonging to a fort”.
I'm wondering of Dowey is a variant of Downey?

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Re: Hugenot

Like MLT says......you have to work back through the generations. There are no shortcuts.
Variations of Dowey are many. Duey, Dewey....the list goes on.

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Variations Dowey are many. Duey, Dewey....the list goes on.
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If you haven't seen this you may get some ideas HERE especially if you just want background info.

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Re: Hugenot

Even if you find a French name there is no guarentee that it's Huguenot. The French surnames are not exclusivley Protestant they can also be Catholic. Huguenots were Artisans either Silk weavers, Clock makers or Silver smiths or something similar.
If you find any of these occupations amongst your ancestors then there is a possibility they were Huguenots, but you will have to check with your local Huguenot Society.

http://www.culturenorthernireland.or...uenots-ireland

https://www.huguenotsociety.org.uk/

A couple of useful links when you have found your ancestors.

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Re: Hugenot

Thanks to all who replied to my enquiry.
There is no n in my name. I understand through family conversations that it was Hugenot. This is the first step I have taken to research my family.
Thanks again to all who have responded.

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Re: Hugenot

Hi Dave, If you are just starting to research your family tree, then do keep an open mind.



Edit-http://huguenotsinireland.com/?page_id=7


Edit-Some common Huguenot names in Northern Ireland aside from those already mentioned are: Boucher, Camelin (or Camlin), Chartres (or Charters), Cloquet (or Clokey), Cornabe, De Vagnes (Devanny or Devenny), Deyermond, Goyer, Hamon (or Hammond), Mussen, René (Rainey), Refausse, Sufferin, and Vint. But care is needed.

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