Tower Family History

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Tower Name Meaning

topographic name for someone who lived near a tower, usually a defensive fortification or watchtower, from Middle English, Old French tur (Latin turris). occupational name for someone who dressed white leather, cured with alum rather than tanned with bark, from an agent derivative of Middle English taw(en) (Old English tawian ‘to prepare, make ready’).Americanized spelling of German Tauer.

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

Similar surnames: Power, Mower, Bower, Gower, Towner, Tozer, Dower, Comer, Lower, Homer

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Tower Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Tower name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Tower Family Origin

Where is the Tower family from?

Tower Family Occupations

What did your Tower ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Tower occupation in the UK was Mattress Maker. 4% of Tower's were Mattress Makers. A less common occupation for the Tower family was Beerhouse Keeper. Mattress Maker, Annuitant and Auctioneer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Tower.

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  • Mattress Maker

  • Annuitant

  • Auctioneer

  • Beerhouse Keeper


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

Tower Historical Records

What Tower family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Tower. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tower 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Tower. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Tower. For the veterans among your Tower ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Tower Life Expectancy

What is the average Tower lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Tower life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Tower in 1941 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Tower 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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