Downe Surname Origin
(Anglo-Celtic) Dweller at the Down or Hill [Middle English dune/doune, Old English dun, Celtic dun, a hill]. (Origin Celtic) Of Dark Complexion or Hair [Irish and Gaelic Dubhan - dubh (bh=w), dark black + the diminutive suffix -an].
Source: Surnames of the United Kingdom, A Concise Etymological Dictionary; Henry Harrison; Vol.1 & 2.; The Eaton Press, 190 Ebury Street, London, S.W; 1912.
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