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Downs History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Downs appeared as O Dubhain, where the first portion of the word is dubh, which means black, and the second portion is probably derived from some obsolete Irish personal name.

Early Origins of the Downs family


The surname Downs was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, from very ancient times.

Early History of the Downs family


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Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1679, 1675, 1549, 1628, 1735, 1727, 1735, 1724, 1727, 1720, 1724, 1717 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Downs History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Downs Spelling Variations


A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Downs include Downs, Down, Downe, Downes and others.

Early Notables of the Downs family (pre 1700)


Notable among the family name at this time was William Ducie (c. 1612-1679), created 1st Viscount Downe in 1675; Andrew Downes, also known as Dounaeus, (c.1549-1628), English classical scholar, one of the seven translators of the...
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Migration of the Downs family to the New World and Oceana


Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Downs:

Downs Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Downs, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Thomas Downs, who arrived in America in 1807 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard M Downs, who landed in Mississippi in 1841 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Timothy Downs, who landed in Vermont in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • C H Downs, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Downs Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Downs, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1809

Downs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Downs, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  • George Downs, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Stebonheath" in 1849 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  • William Downs, aged 53, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  • John Downs, aged 17, a shoemaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  • Lucy Downs, aged 15, a nurse, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
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Downs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Clarles J. Downs, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Margaret Downs, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jessie Readman" in 1872
  • John Downs, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Mary Downs, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Walter Downs, aged 9, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
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Contemporary Notables of the name Downs (post 1700)


  • Bill Downs (1914-1978), American broadcast journalist for CBS Radio, one of Murrow's Boys
  • Deidre Downs (b. 1980), American beauty pageant contestant and winner of Miss America 2005
  • Brigadier-General Sylvester DeWitt Jr. Downs (1889-1957), American Deputy Chief of Staff, IX Corps (1945) [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Sylvester Downs. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Downs/Sylvester_DeWitt_Jr./USA.html
  • Scott Jeremy Downs (b. 1978), American Major League Baseball player
  • Johnny Downs (1913-1994), American actor
  • Wilbur George Downs (1913-1991), American naturalist and virologist
  • Hugh Malcolm Downs (b. 1921), retired American Emmy Award winning broadcaster, television host, producer, and author, served as anchor of 20/20, host of The Today Show
  • Bertis Downs (b. 1956), American musician
  • Arthur W. Downs, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Maryland 7th District, 1968 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Arthur D. Downs, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Wyandotte, Kansas, 1867-81 [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Downs


  • The Downs Family of Virginia, Ohio & Indiana by George Gilbert McCarthy.

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) STEBONHEATH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Stebonheath.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) Sylvester Downs. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Downs/Sylvester_DeWitt_Jr./USA.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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