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Bowden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of several places called Bowden or Bowdon. Bowden in Devon and Derbyshire and Bowdon in Cheshire are named with Old English boga ‘bow’ + dun ‘hill’, i.e. ‘hill shaped like a bow’; one in Leicestershire (Bugedone in Domesday Book) comes, according to Ekwall, from the Old English personal name Buga (masculine) or Bucge (feminine) + dun. There are also Scottish places of this name, but there are comparatively few bearers of the surname Bowden north of the border. In England the surname is found most frequently in Lancashire and in the West Country. In Devon and Cornwall there has been some confusion with the Norman personal name Baldwin. English: habitational name from Bovingdon, Hertfordshire, so named with the Old English phrase bufan dune ‘on, upon the hill’. The surname may also have arisen as a topographic name from the same phrase used independently, for someone who lived at the top of a hill. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadáin ‘descendant of Buadán’, an Old Irish personal name.

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

Similar surnames: Howden, Cowden, Boden, Bogdan, Burden, Rowden, Bowes, Dowden, Borden

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Bowden Family Origin

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Bowden Family Occupations

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In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bowden family was Carpenter. The most common Bowden occupation in Canada was Farmer. 14% of Bowden's were Farmers. Farmer, Servant and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowden.

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  • Farmer

  • Servant

  • School

  • Carpenter


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Bowden Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Bowden. For the veterans among your Bowden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowden Life Expectancy

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Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bowden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bowden in 1943 was 50, and 73 in 2004.

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