Dowd Family History

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Dowd Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubhda ‘descendant of Dubhda’, a byname derived from dubh ‘dark’, ‘black’. The family were chieftains in Sligo and Mayo. English: from the personal name Dowd, a variant of David.

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

Similar surnames: Dodd, Dow, Daw, Dowds, Dowie, Bow, Dawdy, Doud, Dold, Gold

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Dowd Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dowd name?

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

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Dowd Family Origin

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Dowd Family Occupations

What did your Dowd ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Tailor and Dock Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dowd. The most common Dowd occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Dowd's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Dowd family was Bricklayers Labourer.

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  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Dock Labourer

  • Bricklayers Labourer


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

Dowd Historical Records

What Dowd family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 101,000 census records available for the last name Dowd. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowd 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 18,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowd. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Dowd. For the veterans among your Dowd ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dowd Life Expectancy

What is the average Dowd lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Dowd life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Dowd in 1942 was 41, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dowd

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dowd 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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