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Origin and popularity of the name DOWN


Down : 1: English (Devon): topographic name for someone who lived on or near a down or low hill from Middle English dun(e) doun(e) (Old English dūn) ‘down low hill’. See also Downer.2: English (Devon): possibly in some cases a patronymic from the Old English personal name Dūn but later names of this origin cannot reliably be distinguished from those originating from the topographic sense. See Dunn 2.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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