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Downham Name Meaning

habitational name from any of various places called Downham, in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lancashire, and Northumberland. The last two are named from Old English dun, dative plural dunum ‘(at) the hills’, while the others are named from Old English dun ‘hill’ + ham ‘homestead’. Variant spelling of Dunham.

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


Similar surnames: Dunham, Denham, Burnham, Woodham, Newnham, Farnham, Fordham, Donham

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Downham Family Origin

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Downham Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    43%
  • Blacksmith

    7%
  • Clerk In R.R. Depot

    7%
  • Farming

    7%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Downham family was Farming. The most common Downham occupation in the USA was Farmer. 43% of Downham's were Farmers. Farmer, Blacksmith and Clerk In R.R. Depot were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Downham.

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Downham Historical Records

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Downham Life Expectancy

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