Bowler Family History

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Bowler Name Meaning

English (chiefly Nottinghamshire): from Middle English boller (from Old English bolla ‘bowl’, ‘drinking vessel’ + the agent suffix -er), an occupational name for a maker or seller of bowls. Medieval bowls were made of wood as well as of earthenware.

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

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

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Bowler Family Origin

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Bowler Family Occupations

What did your Bowler ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Agricultural Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowler. The most common Bowler occupation in the UK was Labourer. 5% of Bowler's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Bowler family was Coal Miner.

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  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner


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

Bowler Historical Records

What Bowler family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 108,000 census records available for the last name Bowler. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowler 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 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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Draft Card

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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Bowler Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bowler

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowler 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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