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Bower Name Meaning

Scottish: occupational name for a bow maker, Older Scots bowar, equivalent to English Bowyer. English and Scottish: from Middle English bur, bour ‘bower’, ‘cottage’, ‘inner room’ (Old English bur), hence a topographic name for someone who lived in a small cottage, an occupational name for a house servant who attended his master in his private quarters (see Bowerman), or a habitational name from any of various places, for example in Essex, named Bower or Bowers from this word.

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


Similar surnames: Gower, Tower, Power, Mower, Bowler, Boger, Boyer, Bowes, Lower, Boler

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Where is the Bower family from?

You can see how Bower families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bower family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bower families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 174 Bower families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Bower's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Bower families in 1840.
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What did your Bower ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bower. 15% of Bower men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Bower women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bower were Truck Driver and Clerk.

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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

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Census Records

There are 265,000 census records available for the last name Bower. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bower 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 25,000 immigration records available for the last name Bower. 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 31,000 military records available for the last name Bower. For the veterans among your Bower ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bower lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bower life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bower in 1943 was 39, and 77 in 2004.

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