Downing Family History

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Downing Name Meaning

Irish: sometimes of English origin, but in County Kerry it is usually an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinnín (see Dineen). English: patronymic from a variant of Dunn 2.

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

Similar surnames: Dowling, Dunning, Denning, Dinning, Downin, Dorning, Downes, Dowtin

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Downing Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Downing name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Downing. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Downing Family Origin

Where is the Downing family from?

Downing Family Occupations

What did your Downing ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Downing occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Downing's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Downing. A less common occupation for the Downing family was Agricultural Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Downing Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 253,000 census records available for the last name Downing. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Downing 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 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Downing. 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 39,000 military records available for the last name Downing. For the veterans among your Downing ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Downing Life Expectancy

What is the average Downing lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Downing life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Downing in 1942 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Downing

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Downing 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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