Clow Family History

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Clow Name Meaning

English: variant of Clough. English: metonymic occupational name for a nailer, from Old French clou ‘nail’. Compare Clower. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Klau, a habitational name for someone from Klau near Aachen or Clauen in Lower Saxony, or Glau, a nickname for an astute person, from Old High German, Low German glou, glau ‘circumspect’.

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

Similar surnames: Low, Clower, Clos, Flow, Blow, Chow, Crow, Coor, Glow, Clowe

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Clow Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Clow name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Clow. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Clow Family Origin

Where is the Clow family from?

Clow Family Occupations

What did your Clow ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Clow occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 9% of Clow's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Clow family was Farmer. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Annuitant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Clow.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Labourer

  • Annuitant

  • Farmer


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

Clow Historical Records

What Clow family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Clow. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clow 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 Clow. 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 Clow. For the veterans among your Clow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Clow Life Expectancy

What is the average Clow lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Clow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Clow in 1943 was 42, and 82 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Clow 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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