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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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You can see how Bowden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bowden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bowden families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 219 Bowden families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bowden's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bowden families in 1911.
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What did your Bowden ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bowden. 28% of Bowden men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Bowden women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowden were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    28%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Laborer
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Teacher
    13%
  • Clerk
    13%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    11%
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What is the average Bowden lifespan?

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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