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Bow Name Meaning

Scottish and English: habitational name from any of various minor places called with Old English boga ‘bow arch vault’ i.e. an arched bridge. There are places so called in Midlothian Middlesex and Devon. Irish and English: variant of Bowes . Chinese: possibly from Cantonese form of the Chinese names 寶 (meaning ‘treasure’) or 保 (meaning ‘protect’) which were monosyllabic personal names or part of disyllabic personal names of some early Chinese immigrants in the US. Chinese: variant Romanization of the surnames 包 and 鮑 see Bao 1 and

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

Similar surnames: Box, Low, Brow, Bos, Boe, Bon, Dow, Rowe, Bo, Bone

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Where is the Bow family from?

You can see how Bow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bow families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 11 Bow families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Bow's in USA. New York had the highest population of Bow families in 1840.
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What did your Bow ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bow. 19% of Bow men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Bow women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bow were Truck Driver and 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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Maid
  • Waitress
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Bow. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Bow. For the veterans among your Bow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bow lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2003, in the United States, Bow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bow in 1944 was 36, and 80 in 2003.

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