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

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  • Farmer

    7%
  • Agricultural Labourer

    5%
  • Labourer

    3%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Down family was Carpenter. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Down. The most common Down occupation in the UK was Farmer. 7% of Down's were Farmers.

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Down Historical Records

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Down Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1955 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Down

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