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Down Name Meaning

English: topographic name for a downland dweller, from Old English dun ‘down’, ‘low hill’. See also Downer. English: variant of Dunn 2. Scottish: possibly a habitational name from Doune in Perthshire.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Don, Lown, Dow, Donn, Low, Dorn, Corn, Bow, Doten, Doss

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Down Family Origin

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Down Family Occupations

What did your Down ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farmer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Down. 9% of Down men worked as a Farmer and 70% of Down women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Down were Farm Labourer and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • Farmer
    9%
  • General Labourer
    6%
  • Dairy Farmer
    5%
  • Farm Labourer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Down Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 91,000 census records available for the last name Down. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Down census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Down. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Down. For the veterans among your Down ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Down Life Expectancy

What is the average Down lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Down life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Down in 1955 was 55, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Down ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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