Bowley Family History

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Bowley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from either of two places called Bowley, near Leominster in Herefordshire and in Devon. The first is named with Old English bula ‘bull’, perhaps a byname (see Bull) + leah ‘woodland clearing’. The second is from Old English boga ‘bow’, ‘river bend’ + leah.

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

Similar surnames: Howley, Cowley, Bodley, Rowley, Boxley, Bosley, Bowlby, Bromley

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Bowley Family Origin

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Bowley Family Occupations

What did your Bowley 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 Bowley. 10% of Bowley men worked as a General Labourer and 75% of Bowley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowley were Bricklayer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated

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

Bowley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 47,000 census records available for the last name Bowley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowley 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowley. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Bowley. For the veterans among your Bowley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowley Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowley lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Bowley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1976. The average life expectancy for Bowley in 1945 was 58, and 70 in 2004.

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