The Doane Family Association of America Logo
and horn used prior to 2010 is not a coat of arms. It was the badge for the office of Huntsman
that Sir John held and passed on to his descendants. It is currently used
by a woman in England who holds the office. (see page x in Volume I of the
Doane Family) The DFA continued to use it (since it was not a coat
of arms) until we learned we are not of this line at all. See page 1 (one)
in Volume II at the bottom of #540. We have since done extensive DNA
testing and learned there are six families of Dones in England and we are
not of any of them. We show a northern European/Nordic influence. Since we
are not of the family and also not British, we have no right to use a coat
of arms in any case.
The Doane Family of America had a logo
contest in 2009. The winning design, our new logo, was
unveiled at the DFA Reunion at Doane College July 19th 2010. The
winner is Todd J. Doane of Carrollton, Texas. He is the DFA regional vice
president from Texas where he lives with his wife Vanessa and son Alex.
Todd attended the reunion to receive the honor along with his parents and
At the reunion Todd gave a Powerpoint
presentation to the membership in attendance in which he described the ideas
that influenced his design and the meaning of the symbols in the logo.
"The competition combined two of my passions for design and genealogy. It is a
real honor to have my work represent the Doane Family Association hopefully for
generations to come" said Doane.
- the (SUN) representing the light of the world. It is probable that
Deacon John came to America to escape religious persecution. Faith in God
and fellow man is the foundation of the country. Other icons include a cross and
FAMILY - the (TREE) a particular pear tree, with branches,
fruit, and the stars representing progeny. There is a poem written by Herman
Doane about a pear tree transplanted to Cape Cod from England around 1630 by
Thomas Prince that bore fruit for over 200 years.
CHARACTER - the
(ROCK) is a visible symbol of solidity; steadfast and resolute. The Doane
Rock is located on the original property of Deacon John Doane in Cape Cod,
Massachusetts and is the largest exposed glacier boulder in the region.
WISDOM - education is the beginning of enlightenment. Doane College
was founded by Thomas Doane in Crete, Nebraska in the year 1872. The Doane
Family Association (DFA) was formed in 1907 in order to preserve family history,
genealogical records (BOOK) are archived at the college. The "F" in DFA forms
the (KEY) that will unlock the mystery of the origin of Deacon John Doane.
FORTITUDE - symbolized by the agricultural (WHEAT) and fishing industries
(ANCHOR) which was the backbone of early American industry. The (EAGLE) is
the symbol of America and military service. Doanes have served in every U.S.
conflict including the Revolutionary War.
Todd Doane is the design director at 3008 Editorial in Dallas, TX.,
where he specializes in computer animation, vfx composting and design
for TV commercials. You can view his work at