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Bowlan Name Meaning

English: variant of Bolland . This form of the surname is now more common in the US than in Britain or Ireland. Irish: possibly an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Beólláin ‘descendant of Bjolan’ a Norse personal name.

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


Similar surnames: Boylan, Bowden, Boran, Bowland, Bolan, Bowen, Bowman, Gowan, Rowland

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Where is the Bowlan family from?

You can see how Bowlan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bowlan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bowlan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 5 Bowlan families living in Ontario. This was about 42% of all the recorded Bowlan's in Canada. Ontario and 1 other province had the highest population of Bowlan families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bowlan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bowlan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bowlan. 25% of Bowlan men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Bowlan women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowlan were Mechanic and Teacher. .

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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
    25%
  • Manager
    13%
  • New Worker
    13%
  • Mechanic
    13%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    60%
  • Teacher
    40%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Bowlan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowlan 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 286 immigration records available for the last name Bowlan. 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 341 military records available for the last name Bowlan. For the veterans among your Bowlan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bowlan lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Bowlan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1966, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bowlan in 1958 was 75, and 69 in 2004.

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