Cowles Family History

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Cowles Name Meaning

English: patronymic form of Cole.

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

Similar surnames: Coles, Mowles, Powles, Fowles, Rowles, Cowley, Knowles, Vowles, Colen

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Cowles Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cowles name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cowles. 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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Cowles Family Origin

Where is the Cowles family from?

Cowles Family Occupations

What did your Cowles ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Cowles family was Labourer. The most common Cowles occupation in the UK was Farmer. 9% of Cowles's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cowles.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Farm Laborer

  • Labourer


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

Cowles Historical Records

What Cowles family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 59,000 census records available for the last name Cowles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cowles 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Cowles. 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 15,000 military records available for the last name Cowles. For the veterans among your Cowles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cowles Life Expectancy

What is the average Cowles lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Cowles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cowles in 1942 was 45, and 79 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cowles

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cowles 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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