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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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Where is the Bowell family from?

You can see how Bowell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bowell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bowell families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Bowell families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Bowell's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bowell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bowell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bowell. 23% of Bowell men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Bowell women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bowell were Carpenter and Laundress.

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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
    23%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Truck Driver
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    11%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Seamstress
    7%
  • Laundress
    6%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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