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Plowden Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Shropshire, so called from Old English plæga, plega ‘play’, ‘sport’ + denu ‘valley’. Compare Playford. The vowel of the first syllable is not easy to explain, but it occurs as early as 1286, a single generation after the unambiguous Plaueden, Pleweden of 1252.

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


Similar surnames: Howden, Cowden, Crowden, Bowden, Rowden, Snowden, Porten, Power

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Plowden Family Origin

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Plowden Family Occupations

What did your Plowden ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Plowden. 31% of Plowden men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Plowden women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Plowden were Truck Driver and Servant

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    31%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Truck Driver
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    12%
  • Maid
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%
  • Servant
    10%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Plowden Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Plowden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Plowden 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 776 immigration records available for the last name Plowden. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Plowden. For the veterans among your Plowden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Plowden Life Expectancy

What is the average Plowden lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Plowden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1999, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Plowden in 1953 was 63, and 72 in 2004.

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