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Downer Family History

Downer Name Meaning
Southern English: topographic name for someone who lived in an area of downland (the rolling chalk hills of Sussex, Surrey, and Kent), from Old English dun ‘down’, ‘low hill’ (of Celtic origin) + the suffix -er, denoting an inhabitant. Dun is a common element of English place names.Irish: variant of Dooner 2.

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

312,232 Historical Documents with Downer on Ancestry.com
66,264 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
7,173 Military Records
5,784 Immigration Records
57,171 Census and Voter Lists
175,840 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Downer Families

  • Number of Downer families
     43 - 83
     15 - 42
     1 - 14
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Downer families
     283 - 564
     95 - 282
     1 - 94
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Downer families
     4 - 6
     2 - 3
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Downer census records

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Downer Family Origin

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Downer Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Downer

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Downer Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Downer census records

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Downer Civil War Service Records

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