Owen Family History

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Owen Name Meaning

Welsh: from the Welsh personal name Owain, probably a borrowing in Roman times of Latin Eugenius (see Eugene), but possibly of more ancient Celtic origin, cognate with Gaelic Eoghan. Scottish and Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Eoghain ‘son of Eoghan’ (see McEwen).

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

Similar surnames: Bowen, Ewen, Owens, Osen, Oden, Mowen, Gowen, Wen, Nolen, Olen

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Owen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Owen name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Owen. 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


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Owen Family Origin

Where is the Owen family from?

Owen Family Occupations

What did your Owen ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Farmer Son and School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Owen. The most common Owen occupation in Canada was Farmer. 15% of Owen's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Owen family was Piano Maker.

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  • Farmer

  • Farmer Son

  • School

  • Piano Maker


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

Owen Historical Records

What Owen family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 875,000 census records available for the last name Owen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Owen 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 120,000 immigration records available for the last name Owen. 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 117,000 military records available for the last name Owen. For the veterans among your Owen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Owen Life Expectancy

What is the average Owen lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Owen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Owen in 1941 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Owen 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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