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Downey Family History

Downey Name Meaning
Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dúnadhaigh ‘descendant of Dúnadhach’, a personal name meaning ‘fortress-holder’ (from dún ‘fortress’, ‘fortified hill’).Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maol Dhomhnaigh, or of Mac Giolla Dhomnaigh (see Maloney).Scottish: habitational name from the Scottish barony of Downie or Duny in the parish of Monikie in Angus (on Tayside), named from Gaelic dùn ‘hill’ + the locative suffix -ach.

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

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Name Distribution of Downey Families

  • Number of Downey families
     280 - 557
     94 - 279
     1 - 93
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Downey families
     229 - 456
     77 - 228
     1 - 76
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Downey families
     8 - 14
     3 - 7
     1 - 2
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Downey Family Origin

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Downey Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Downey

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Downey Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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