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Bowler Family History

Bowler Surname Meaning

English (mainly East Midlands): occupational name from an unrecorded Middle English word boler ‘worker at a bole or lead-mining site’ (Middle English bole ‘bowl’) here denoting a round cavity on top of a high hill where lead was smelted. English: occupational name from Middle English bollere boler bolour bulour ‘maker or seller of bowls dishes or cups’ (from Old English bolla ‘bowl drinking vessel’ + the agent suffix -er and Old French bole bule ‘bowl’). Medieval bowls were made of wood as well as of earthenware.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bower, Fowler, Dowler, Bowker, Bowley, Bowyer, Boler, Boller, Boxler

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Where is the Bowler family from?

You can see how Bowler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bowler family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bowler families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 543 Bowler families living in London. This was about 14% of all the recorded Bowler's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Bowler families in 1891.
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What did your Bowler ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bowler. 9% of Bowler men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Bowler women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowler were Gardener and Incapacitated. .

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

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowler. 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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There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Bowler. For the veterans among your Bowler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bowler lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Bowler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Bowler in 1945 was 45, and 73 in 2004.

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