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Origins of the Downing surname

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About the Downings

We have a total number of 67582 records for people with the last name Downing.

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Where do most Downings live?

In 1921, most Downings lived in West Midlands.

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Interesting facts about Downings

How common is your surname?

786th most common surname in the UK

We have 53,100 records for the Downing surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Downings most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Downing first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Downings

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

Common Female occupations for Downings in 1921


General Servant Domestic




Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Downings in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer




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