Bowell Family History

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Bowell Name Meaning

Welsh: variant of Powell (see Howell). English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Bouelles in Seine Maritime, France, so named with Old Norman French boelle ‘enclosure’, ‘dwelling’.

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

Similar surnames: Boswell, Bonwell, Howell, Bovell, Rowell, Browell, Boxwell, Powell

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Bowell Family Origin

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Bowell Family Occupations

What did your Bowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowell. A less common occupation for the Bowell family was At School. The most common Bowell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 51% of Bowell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • At School


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bowell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bowell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Bowell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowell 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowell. 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 Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Bowell. For the veterans among your Bowell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowell Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowell lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Bowell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Bowell in 1953 was 65, and 85 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bowell

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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