Bowes Family History

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Bowes Name Meaning

Northern English: habitational name from Bowes (formerly in North Yorkshire, now in County Durham), or from some other place so called, the place name being derived from the plural of Old English boga ‘bow’, here referring to bends in a river (see Bow). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhaigh (see Bogue).

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

Similar surnames: Bow, Bower, Bowen, Mewes, Boden, Bowns, Bogen, Howes, Lowes, Towers

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Bowes Family Origin

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Bowes Family Occupations

What did your Bowes 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 Bowes. 11% of Bowes men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Bowes women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowes were Builders Labourer and Domestic Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Farm Labourer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant

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

Bowes Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 84,000 census records available for the last name Bowes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowes 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowes. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Bowes. For the veterans among your Bowes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowes Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowes lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Bowes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Bowes in 1947 was 33, and 76 in 2004.

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