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Downs Name Meaning

English and Irish: variant of Downes .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Downes, Down, Dowds, Don, Bowens, Gowans, Donis, Bowns, Lowes, Towns

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Where is the Downs family from?

You can see how Downs families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Downs family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Downs families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 101 Downs families living in New York. This was about 17% of all the recorded Downs's in USA. New York had the highest population of Downs families in 1840.
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What did your Downs ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Downs. 15% of Downs men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Downs women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Downs were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 242,000 census records available for the last name Downs. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Downs census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Downs. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 40,000 military records available for the last name Downs. For the veterans among your Downs ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Downs lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Downs life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Downs in 1942 was 47, and 73 in 2004.

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