Bowker Family History

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Bowker Name Meaning

English (chiefly Manchester): occupational name for someone whose job was to steep cotton or linen in lye (a strong alkali) to cleanse it, from an agent derivative of Middle English bouken ‘to wash’ (from Middle Dutch buken).

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

Similar surnames: Booker, Bowler, Bower, Boozer, Baker, Hawker, Corker, Bowyer, Bocker

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Bowker Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bowker name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bowker. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Bowker Family Origin

Where is the Bowker family from?

Bowker Family Occupations

What did your Bowker ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bowker occupation in the UK was Labourer. 3% of Bowker's were Labourers. Labourer, Farmer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowker. A less common occupation for the Bowker family was Cotton Weaver.

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  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Cotton Weaver


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bowker ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bowker Historical Records

What Bowker family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 68,000 census records available for the last name Bowker. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowker 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowker. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Bowker. For the veterans among your Bowker ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowker Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowker lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Bowker life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1958. The average life expectancy for Bowker in 1946 was 36, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bowker

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowker 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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