Cowans Family History

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Cowans Name Meaning

Scottish: variant of Cowan, with redundant English patronymic -s.

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

Similar surnames: Gowans, Cowens, Bowens, Cowen, Hogans, Cowman, Cowin, Gowins, Owens

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Cowans Family Origin

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Cowans Family Occupations

What did your Cowans ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cowans family was Coal Miner. The most common Cowans occupation in the UK was Shepherd. 14% of Cowans's were Shepherds. Shepherd, Potter (Earth) and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cowans.

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  • Shepherd

  • Potter (Earth)

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner


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

Cowans Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Cowans. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cowans 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Cowans. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Cowans. For the veterans among your Cowans ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cowans Life Expectancy

What is the average Cowans lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Cowans life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Cowans in 1951 was 64, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cowans

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cowans 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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