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Owens Family History

Owens Name Meaning

Welsh: patronymic from Owen, with English patronymic -s. Irish: adopted as an Anglicized form by bearers of the Gaelic surname Mac Eoghain (see McEwen).

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


Similar surnames: Owen, Bowens, Bowen, Ewen, Ovens, Gowans, Ewens, Bowes, Mowen, Wen

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Where is the Owens family from?

You can see how Owens families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Owens family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Owens families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 437 Owens families living in Ontario. This was about 41% of all the recorded Owens's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Owens families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Owens surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Owens ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Owens. 41% of Owens men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Owens women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Owens were Student and School 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.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    41%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Student
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Bookkeeper
    9%
  • School Teacher
    9%
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Census Records

There are 738,000 census records available for the last name Owens. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Owens 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 108,000 immigration records available for the last name Owens. 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 146,000 military records available for the last name Owens. For the veterans among your Owens ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Owens lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Owens life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Owens in 1940 was 48, and 72 in 2004.

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