Done Coat of Arms / Done Family Crest
The surname of DONE has the associated arms recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1883. Registered at Flaxyards, Duddon and Oulton, County Chester. The surname was originally a locational name meaning ‘the dweller at the down’ from residence on the slope of a hill. A variant peculiar to Chester, and found in that district is Donne. Early records of the name mention Gilbert de la Donne, 1273, County Essex. John Donne was rector of Matlask, County Norfolk in the year 1386. Richard Done of Chester (ironmonger) was listed in the Wills at Chester in the year 1576, and Catherine Done appears in Utlinton, Chester in 1638. The names introduced into Britain by the Normans during the Invasion of 1066 were of three kinds. There were names of Norse origin which their ancestors had carried into Normandy; names of Germanic origin which the Frankish conquerors had brought across the Rhine and which had ousted the old Celtic and Latin names from France, and Biblical names and names of Latin and Greek saints. These names they retained even after the customs and language of the natives of Northern France had been adopted by them. After the Norman Conquest not only Normans, but Frenchmen and Bretons from other parts of France settled in England, and quite a few found their way north into Scotland. Other instances of the name include Hugh Done and Ellen Fryer who were married at St. Jame’s, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1634, and Edward Francis who married Janell Donn at St. James’s, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1645. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de’Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America.