Bowles Family History

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Bowles Name Meaning

English and Irish: variant of Bowell or Bowler.

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

Similar surnames: Boles, Bowes, Powles, Bowlds, Towles, Bownes, Boyles, Vowles, Downes

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Bowles Family Origin

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Bowles Family Occupations

What did your Bowles ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bowles occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Bowles's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Bowles family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowles.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Carpenter

  • Farmer


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

Bowles Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 203,000 census records available for the last name Bowles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowles 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 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowles. 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 30,000 military records available for the last name Bowles. For the veterans among your Bowles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowles Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowles lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bowles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bowles in 1941 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bowles

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowles 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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