Bower Family History

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Bower Name Meaning

Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots bowar, equivalent to English Bowyer. English and Scottish: from Middle English bur, bour ‘bower’, ‘cottage’, ‘inner room’ (Old English bur), hence a topographic name for someone who lived in a small cottage, an occupational name for a house servant who attended his master in his private quarters (see Bowerman), or a habitational name from any of various places, for example in Essex, named Bower or Bowers from this word.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Gower, Tower, Power, Mower, Bowler, Boger, Boyer, Bowes, Lower, Boler

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Bower Family Origin

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Bower Family Occupations

What did your Bower ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Bower. 8% of Bower men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Bower women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bower were Bricklayer and Private Means

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Farmer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Private Means

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Bower Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 265,000 census records available for the last name Bower. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bower census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Bower. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Bower. For the veterans among your Bower ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bower Life Expectancy

What is the average Bower lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bower life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bower in 1943 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bower

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bower ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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