Knowles Family History

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Knowles Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived at the top of a hill or by a hillock, from a genitive or plural form of Middle English knoll ‘hilltop’, ‘hillock’ (Old English cnoll; see Knoll), or habitational name from any of the many places named with this word. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Tnúthghail (see Newell).

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

Similar surnames: Bowes, Toles, Fowle, Voyles, Kyles, Mowles, Downes, Koller, Powles

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Knowles Family Origin

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Knowles Family Occupations

What did your Knowles ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Knowles. A less common occupation for the Knowles family was Cotton Weaver. The most common Knowles occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Knowles's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Cotton Weaver


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

Knowles Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 391,000 census records available for the last name Knowles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Knowles 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 45,000 immigration records available for the last name Knowles. 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 44,000 military records available for the last name Knowles. For the veterans among your Knowles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Knowles Life Expectancy

What is the average Knowles lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Knowles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Knowles in 1944 was 24, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Knowles

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Knowles 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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