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Bowdry Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of French Beaudry, or a variant spelling of English Baudry, which has the same origin.

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


Similar surnames: Bowdre, Body, Bowdle, Boddy, Cowdery, Dowdey, Howry, Mowry, Towry

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Where is the Bowdry family from?

You can see how Bowdry families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bowdry family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Bowdry families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there was 1 Bowdry family living in Quebec. This was 100% of all the recorded Bowdry's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Bowdry families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bowdry surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bowdry ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bowdry. 41% of Bowdry men worked as a Farmer and 24% of Bowdry women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowdry were Farm Laborer and Laundress.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    41%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Operator
    16%
  • Farm Laborer
    13%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
    24%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Laundress
    16%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Bowdry. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowdry census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 61 immigration records available for the last name Bowdry. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 321 military records available for the last name Bowdry. For the veterans among your Bowdry ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bowdry lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Bowdry life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Bowdry in 1949 was 53, and 69 in 2004.

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