Downham Family History

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Downham Name Meaning

habitational name from any of various places called Downham, in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lancashire, and Northumberland. The last two are named from Old English dun, dative plural dunum ‘(at) the hills’, while the others are named from Old English dun ‘hill’ + ham ‘homestead’. Variant spelling of Dunham.

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

Similar surnames: Dunham, Denham, Burnham, Woodham, Newnham, Farnham, Fordham, Donham

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Downham Family Origin

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Downham Family Occupations

What did your Downham ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Downham. 4% of Downham men worked as a General Labourer and 51% of Downham women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Downham were Dairy Farmer and Cotton Weaver

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Cotton Weaver

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

Downham Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Downham. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Downham 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Downham. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Downham. For the veterans among your Downham ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Downham Life Expectancy

What is the average Downham lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Downham life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1968, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Downham in 1963 was 86, and 79 in 2003.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Downham

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Downham 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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