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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


Similar surnames: Dorney, Torney, Downen, Downes, Looney, Disney, Dolney, Downer

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Downey Family Origin

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Downey Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Downey family was Farming. The most common Downey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Downey's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Downey.

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  • Farmer

    26%
  • Laborer

    15%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    2%

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Downey Historical Records

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Downey Life Expectancy

What is the average Downey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, Downey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Downey in 1940 was 41, and 75 in 2004.

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