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Origins of the Down surname

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About the Downs

We have a total number of 42607 records for people with the last name Down.

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Where do most Downs live?

In 1921, most Downs lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Downs

How common is your surname?

975th most common surname in the UK

We have 38,100 records for the Down surname. The oldest one dates back to 1552.

Who were Downs most likely to marry?

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Downs.

What are the most common Down first names?

  • Ashley
  • Clifton
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Down family members

Common jobs for Downs

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Downs in 1921


General Servant Domestic




General Servant


Domestic Servant


Common Male occupations for Downs in 1921
Agricultural Labourer






Farm Labourer


General Labourer


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