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Dowdall Surname Meaning

Irish (Dublin Meath and Louth): English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Dubhdáleithe (see Dudley ). English: variant of Dowdell .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Pownall, Doll, Goodall, Newhall, Foxall, Dugdale, Powell, Woodall

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Where is the Dowdall family from?

You can see how Dowdall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowdall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dowdall families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 179 Dowdall families living in Ontario. This was about 94% of all the recorded Dowdall's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Dowdall families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dowdall surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dowdall ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Dowdall. 62% of Dowdall men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Dowdall women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowdall were Farmers Son and Student. .

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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
    62%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Engineer
    9%
  • Farmers Son
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    43%
  • Teacher
    29%
  • Student
    29%
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Census Records

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Dowdall. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowdall 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowdall. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Dowdall. For the veterans among your Dowdall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowdall lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2003, in the United States, Dowdall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dowdall in 1952 was 55, and 79 in 2003.

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