Downes Family History

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Downes Name Meaning

English: variant (plural) of Down. Irish (Counties Clare and Limerick): reduced Anglicized form of Irish Gaelic Ó Dubháin (see Doane).

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

Similar surnames: Downey, Downer, Dooner, Downs, Bowes, Doyne, Ownes, Bownes, Downen

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Downes Family Origin

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Downes Family Occupations

What did your Downes ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Downes family was Coal Miner. The most common Downes occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Downes's were Farmers. Farmer, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Downes.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Downes ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Downes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 125,000 census records available for the last name Downes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Downes 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Downes. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Downes. For the veterans among your Downes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Downes Life Expectancy

What is the average Downes lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Downes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Downes in 1952 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Downes

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Downes 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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