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Towles Family History

Towles Name Meaning

English: variant of Toll.

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

Similar surnames: Toles, Towle, Tolles, Towler, Powles, Bowles, Townes, Vowles, Tooley

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Where is the Towles family from?

You can see how Towles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Towles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Towles families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 12 Towles families living in Ontario. This was about 60% of all the recorded Towles's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Towles families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Towles surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Towles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Towles. 23% of Towles men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Towles women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Towles were Carpenter and Seamstress. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Seamstress
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Towles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Towles 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 725 immigration records available for the last name Towles. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Towles. For the veterans among your Towles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Towles lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Towles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Towles in 1945 was 50, and 79 in 2004.

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