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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name DOWNHAM


Downham : 1: English: habitational name from any of various places called Downham in Cambridgeshire Essex Norfolk Suffolk and Lancashire and perhaps also from Downham Northumberland and Downholme North Yorkshire though no evidence has been found for these. The names from Lancashire and Northumberland arise from Old English dūn dative plural dūnum ‘(at) the hills’ while the others come from Old English dūn ‘hill’ + hām ‘homestead’.2: Altered form of English Dunham.


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

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