Bowman Family History

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Bowman Name Meaning

English and Scottish: occupational name for an archer, Middle English bow(e)man, bouman (from Old English boga ‘bow’ + mann ‘man’). This word was distinguished from Bowyer, which denoted a maker or seller of the articles. It is possible that in some cases the surname referred originally to someone who untangled wool with a bow. This process, which originated in Italy, became quite common in England in the 13th century. The vibrating string of a bow was worked into a pile of tangled wool, where its rapid vibrations separated the fibers, while still leaving them sufficiently entwined to produce a fine, soft yarn when spun. Americanized form of German Baumann (see Bauer) or the Dutch cognate Bouman.

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

Similar surnames: Bodman, Bowden, Bozman, Lowman, Bouman, Boman, Plowman, Osman, Holman

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Bowman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bowman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bowman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Bowman Family Origin

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Bowman Family Occupations

What did your Bowman ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowman. The most common Bowman occupation in the USA was Farmer. 39% of Bowman's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bowman family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


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Bowman Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 584,000 census records available for the last name Bowman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowman 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 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowman. 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 113,000 military records available for the last name Bowman. For the veterans among your Bowman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowman Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowman lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bowman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bowman in 1940 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowman 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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