Downing Surname Origin
(Origin English) Dun's/Duna's or Dunn's/Dunna's Son [Anglo-Saxon Duning/Dunning - dun/dunn, dark brown; -ing, filial suffix]. (Origin Celtic) 1. Of Dark Brown Complexion [Irish dunin - dun/dunn, don/donn, dark brown + the diminutive suffix -in]. 2. Dweller at the Little Hill or Hill-Fort [Gaelic and Irish dun, a hill (-fort) + the diminutive suffix -in].
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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