Dowell Family History

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Dowell Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill (see McDowell).

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

Similar surnames: Powell, Mcdowell, Doell, Oswell, Mowell, Rowell, Dowdell, Cowell

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Dowell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dowell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dowell. 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


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Dowell Family Origin

Where is the Dowell family from?

Dowell Family Occupations

What did your Dowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Coal Miner, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dowell. A less common occupation for the Dowell family was Agricultural Labourer. The most common Dowell occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Dowell's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Dowell Historical Records

What Dowell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 144,000 census records available for the last name Dowell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowell 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowell. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Dowell. For the veterans among your Dowell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dowell Life Expectancy

What is the average Dowell lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dowell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dowell in 1941 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dowell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dowell 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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