Gower Family History

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Gower Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): regional name for someone from the district north of Paris known in Old French as Gohiere. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of the various places in northern France called Gouy (from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gaudius + the locative suffix -acum), with the addition of the Anglo-Norman French suffix -er. English: from a Norman personal name, Go(h)ier, cognate with the Old English name mentioned at Gooder. Welsh: from the peninsula in southern Wales, of which the Welsh name is Gwyr. Probably an Americanized spelling of German Gauer.

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


Similar surnames: Power, Bower, Tower, Goyer, Lower, Mower, Dower, Gomer, Comer, Hower

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Gower Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Gower name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    58%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    20%

  • Germanic Europe

    7%

  • Eastern Europe & Russia

    4%

  • Norway

    3%

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Gower Family Origin

Where is the Gower family from?

Gower Family Occupations

What did your Gower ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Gower occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 6% of Gower's were Agricultural Labourers. A less common occupation for the Gower family was Bricklayer. Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gower.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    6%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Farmer

    3%
  • Bricklayer

    1%

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

Gower Historical Records

What Gower family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 94,000 census records available for the last name Gower. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gower 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Gower. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Gower. For the veterans among your Gower ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gower Life Expectancy

What is the average Gower lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Gower life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gower in 1948 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gower 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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