Bowyer Family History

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Bowyer Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a maker or seller of bows (see Bow), as opposed to an archer. Compare Bowman.

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

Similar surnames: Bowler, Bower, Bowker, Boyer, Bowser, Cowser, Boozer, Booker, Boxler

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Bowyer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bowyer name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bowyer. 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


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Bowyer Family Origin

Where is the Bowyer family from?

Bowyer Family Occupations

What did your Bowyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Bowyer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Bowyer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Bowyer family was Laborer. Farmer, Farming and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bowyer.

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  • Farmer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


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

Bowyer Historical Records

What Bowyer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 85,000 census records available for the last name Bowyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bowyer 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bowyer. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Bowyer. For the veterans among your Bowyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bowyer Life Expectancy

What is the average Bowyer lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Bowyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bowyer in 1955 was 51, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bowyer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bowyer 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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