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Downey Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dúnadhaigh ‘descendant of Dúnadhach’, a personal name meaning ‘fortress-holder’ (from dún ‘fortress’, ‘fortified hill’). Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Maol Dhomhnaigh, or of Mac Giolla Dhomnaigh (see Maloney). Scottish: habitational name from the Scottish barony of Downie or Duny in the parish of Monikie in Angus (on Tayside), named from Gaelic dùn ‘hill’ + the locative suffix -ach.

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


Similar surnames: Dorney, Torney, Downen, Downes, Looney, Disney, Dolney, Downer

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Downey Family Origin

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Downey Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    36%
  • Labourer

    7%
  • Student

    5%
  • Going To School

    5%

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Student were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Downey. A less common occupation for the Downey family was Going To School. The most common Downey occupation in Canada was Farmer. 36% of Downey's were Farmers.

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Downey Life Expectancy

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