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Origins of the Downs surname

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About the Downses

We have a total number of 61212 records for people with the last name Downs.

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Where do most Downses live?

In 1921, most Downses lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Downses

How common is your surname?

962nd most common surname in the UK

We have 48,300 records for the Downs surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Downses most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Browns

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What are the most common Downs first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Downses

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

Common Female occupations for Downses in 1921
Dressmaker

215

Domestic Servant

139

Laundress

130

House Servant

100

Charwoman

98

Common Male occupations for Downses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

243

Coal Miner

224

General Labourer

173

Farmer

142

Farm Labourer

116

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