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Kowal Surname Meaning

Polish Rusyn (from Poland) Sorbian and Jewish (from Poland): occupational name for a blacksmith Polish and Lower Sorbian kowal. In North America this surname may also be a shortened form of any of various derivatives of Kowal such as Polish Kowalczuk . Compare Koval . Americanized form of Rusyn (from Slovakia) and Slovak Kovaľ Ukrainian Belorussian Czech and Jewish Koval a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Kowall, Koral, Koval, Kobal, Kowalke, Kosa, Kolak, Kocan, Kozel, Koll

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Where is the Kowal family from?

You can see how Kowal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Kowal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1841 and 1920. The most Kowal families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there was 1 Kowal family living in London. This was 100% of all the recorded Kowal's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Kowal families in 1891.
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What did your Kowal ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Kowal. 29% of Kowal men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Kowal women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Kowal were Proprietor and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Machinist
  • Farmer
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Kowal. For the veterans among your Kowal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Kowal lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kowal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Kowal in 1940 was 48, and 78 in 2004.

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