Rowley Family History

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Rowley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the various places, in Devon, County Durham, Staffordshire, and Yorkshire, so named from Old English ruh ‘rough’, ‘overgrown’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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

Similar surnames: Cowley, Howley, Bowley, Oxley, Bromley, Risley, Bodley, Godley

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Rowley Family Origin

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Rowley Family Occupations

What did your Rowley ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Rowley. 2% of Rowley men worked as a General Labourer and 50% of Rowley women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rowley were Colliery Hewer and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Colliery Hewer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Unpaid Domestic Dut
  • Incapacitated

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

Rowley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 243,000 census records available for the last name Rowley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Rowley 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 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Rowley. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Rowley. For the veterans among your Rowley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Rowley Life Expectancy

What is the average Rowley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Rowley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Rowley in 1943 was 67, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Rowley

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Rowley 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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