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Bowen Family History

Bowen Name Meaning

English, of Welsh origin: Anglicized form of Welsh ap Owain ‘son of Owain’ (see Owen). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhacháin ‘descendant of Buadhachán’, a diminutive of Buadhach ‘victorious’ (see Bohan).

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

Similar surnames: Owen, Boden, Bowden, Bowes, Mowen, Bolen, Bowens, Howen, Gowen, Bohen

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Where is the Bowen family from?

You can see how Bowen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bowen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bowen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 448 Bowen families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bowen's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bowen families in 1911.
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What did your Bowen ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Servant were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bowen. 40% of Bowen men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Bowen women worked as a Servant. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowen were Carpenter and Saleslady.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Servant
  • Farmer
  • Housekeeper
  • Saleslady
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Census Records

There are 529,000 census records available for the last name Bowen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowen 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 47,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowen. 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 96,000 military records available for the last name Bowen. For the veterans among your Bowen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bowen lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bowen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bowen in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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