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Dow Family History

Dow Name Meaning
Scottish (also found in Ireland): reduced form of McDow. This surname is borne by a sept of the Buchanans.English: variant of Daw.Americanized spelling of Dutch Douw, an Old Frisian personal name.Americanized spelling of German Dau.

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

987,165 Historical Documents with Dow on Ancestry.com
194,967 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
36,891 Military Records
114,959 Immigration Records
155,560 Census and Voter Lists
484,788 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Dow Families

  • Number of Dow families
     254 - 506
     85 - 253
     1 - 84
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Dow families
     153 - 303
     52 - 152
     1 - 51
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Dow families
     280 - 557
     94 - 279
     1 - 93
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Dow census records

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Dow Family Origin

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Dow Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Dow

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Dow Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Dow census records

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Dow Civil War Service Records

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