Dowden Family History

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Dowden Name Meaning

English: patronymic from an Old English personal name, Dogod (probably a derivative of dugan ‘to avail’, ‘to be of use’). In England the surname is chiefly found in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

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


Similar surnames: Bowden, Cowden, Howden, Downen, Rowden, Dower, Dryden, Olden, Ogden

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Dowden Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dowden name?

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

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  • England & Wales

    58%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    19%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Norway

    2%

  • France

    2%

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Dowden Family Origin

Where is the Dowden family from?

Dowden Family Occupations

What did your Dowden ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Dowden occupation in Canada was Conductor. 33% of Dowden's were Conductors. A less common occupation for the Dowden family was Tailoress. Conductor and Laborer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Dowden.

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  • Conductor

    33%
  • Laborer

    33%
  • Tailoress

    33%

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

Dowden Historical Records

What Dowden family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Dowden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowden 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowden. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Dowden. For the veterans among your Dowden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dowden Life Expectancy

What is the average Dowden lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dowden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Dowden in 1944 was 36, and 78 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dowden

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dowden 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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