Bowman Family History

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Bowman Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name for an archer, Middle English bow(e)man, bouman (from Old English boga ‘bow’ + mann ‘man’). This word was distinguished from Bowyer, which denoted a maker or seller of the articles. It is possible that in some cases the surname referred originally to someone who untangled wool with a bow. This process, which originated in Italy, became quite common in England in the 13th century. The vibrating string of a bow was worked into a pile of tangled wool, where its rapid vibrations separated the fibers, while still leaving them sufficiently entwined to produce a fine, soft yarn when spun. Americanized form of German Baumann (see Bauer) or the Dutch cognate Bouman.

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

Similar surnames: Bodman, Bowden, Bozman, Lowman, Bouman, Boman, Plowman, Osman, Holman

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Bowman Family Origin

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Bowman Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Bowman. 11% of Bowman men worked as a General Labourer and 68% of Bowman women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowman were Colliery Hewer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Colliery Hewer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated

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

Bowman Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowman. 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 113,000 military records available for the last name Bowman. For the veterans among your Bowman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowman Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bowman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bowman in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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