Bowens Family History

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Bowens Name Meaning

English, of Welsh origin: variant of Bowen, with the addition of the regular English patronymic suffix -s. Altered spelling of Dutch Bouwens, a variant of Bauwens.

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

Similar surnames: Owens, Bivens, Cowens, Bouwens, Bowen, Boles, Boden, Gowans, Bowns

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Bowens Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bowens name?

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

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  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Mali


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Bowens Family Origin

Where is the Bowens family from?

Bowens Family Occupations

What did your Bowens ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer and Constable were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Bowens. The most common Bowens occupation in Canada was Farmer. 60% of Bowens's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bowens family was Store Keeper.

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  • Farmer

  • Constable

  • Store Keeper


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

Bowens Historical Records

What Bowens family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Bowens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowens 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowens. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Bowens. For the veterans among your Bowens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowens Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowens lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Bowens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Bowens in 1948 was 43, and 64 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowens 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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