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Downing Name Meaning

Irish (Cork and Kerry): sometimes of English origin but in County Kerry it is usually an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Duinnín (see Dineen ). English: from the Middle English personal name Dun(n)ing Douning (Old English Dunning a derivative of Old English Dunna (see Dunn ). English (Devon): topographic name for someone who lived on the hill an -ing derivative of Middle English doun ‘hill’ equivalent to Downer . This formation is characteristic of Devon (compare Brooking ).

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


Similar surnames: Dowling, Dunning, Denning, Dinning, Downin, Dorning, Downes, Dowtin

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Where is the Downing family from?

You can see how Downing families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Downing family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Downing families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 114 Downing families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Downing's in USA. New York had the highest population of Downing families in 1840.
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What did your Downing ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Downing. 15% of Downing men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Downing women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Downing were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Downing. For the veterans among your Downing ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Downing lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Downing life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Downing in 1942 was 35, and 74 in 2004.

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