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 Family Origin

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Dowd Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    9%
  • Tailor

    3%
  • Dock Labourer

    3%
  • Bricklayers Labourer

    1%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Dowd family was Bricklayers Labourer. 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.

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Dowd Life Expectancy

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Between 1942 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dowd

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