Kowal Family History

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Kowal Name Meaning

Polish, Jewish (from Poland), and German (of Slavic origin): occupational name for a blacksmith, Polish and Sorbian kowal.

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

Similar surnames: Kowall, Koral, Koval, Kobal, Kowalke, Kosa, Kolak, Kocan, Kozel, Koll

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Kowal Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Kowal name?

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

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  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Baltic States


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Kowal Family Origin

Where is the Kowal family from?

Kowal Family Occupations

What did your Kowal ancestors do for a living?

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

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Kowal Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Kowal. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Kowal 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Kowal. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Kowal. For the veterans among your Kowal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Kowal Life Expectancy

What is the average Kowal lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Kowal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Kowal in 1940 was 48, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Kowal 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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