Downer Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Downen, Towner, Horner, Deaner, Power, Downey, Dobler, Downes, Hohner

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Downer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Downer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Downer. 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


  • Benin/Togo


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Downer Family Origin

Where is the Downer family from?

Downer Family Occupations

What did your Downer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Downer family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Downer. The most common Downer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Downer's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Downer Historical Records

What Downer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Downer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Downer 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Downer. 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 Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Downer. For the veterans among your Downer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Downer Life Expectancy

What is the average Downer lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Downer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Downer in 1947 was 40, and 66 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Downer 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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