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Ovens Name Meaning

English (Welsh Borders) and Scottish (southeastScotland): variant of Oven with post-medieval excrescent -s itself a topographic name from Middle English atte(n) ovene ‘(dweller) at the oven (or furnace)’. The ‘oven’ in question was probably a furnace for making charcoal or for smelting iron. North Frisian and East Frisian: patronymic from the Frisian personal name Ove Uwe.

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


Similar surnames: Ivens, Oyen, Levens, Osen, Oden, Owens, Sens, Boyens, Overy, Ottens

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Where is the Ovens family from?

You can see how Ovens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ovens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ovens families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 123 Ovens families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Ovens's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Ovens families in 1891.
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What did your Ovens ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Old Age Pensioner and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ovens. 11% of Ovens men worked as an Old Age Pensioner and 74% of Ovens women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ovens were General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Dutie. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • Old Age Pensioner
    11%
  • Postman
    8%
  • Carpenter
    8%
  • General Labourer
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
    3%
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Ovens lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Ovens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Ovens in 1948 was 59, and 80 in 2004.

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