Bowes Family History

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Bowes Name Meaning

Northern English: habitational name from Bowes (formerly in North Yorkshire, now in County Durham), or from some other place so called, the place name being derived from the plural of Old English boga ‘bow’, here referring to bends in a river (see Bow). Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhaigh (see Bogue).

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

Similar surnames: Bow, Bower, Bowen, Mewes, Boden, Bowns, Bogen, Howes, Lowes, Towers

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Bowes Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bowes name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Bowes Family Origin

Where is the Bowes family from?

Bowes Family Occupations

What did your Bowes ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Going To School and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowes. The most common Bowes occupation in Canada was Farmer. 32% of Bowes's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bowes family was School.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Labourer

  • School


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

Bowes Historical Records

What Bowes family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 84,000 census records available for the last name Bowes. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowes 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 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowes. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Bowes. For the veterans among your Bowes ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowes Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowes lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Bowes life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Bowes in 1947 was 33, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowes 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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