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Chow Family History

Chow Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English chow (Old English ceo) ‘jackdaw or crow’. Chinese : variant of Zhou. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Zou. Chinese : variant of Cao 1. Chinese : Cantonese variant of Chao 4.

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


Similar surnames: Chou, Chew, Crow, Cho, Choi, Chao, Clow, Chiu, Chi, Coe

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Where is the Chow family from?

You can see how Chow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Chow families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Chow family living in Kentucky. This was about 33% of all the recorded Chow's in the USA. Kentucky and 2 other states had the highest population of Chow families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Chow surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Chow ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Cook and Packer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Chow. 17% of Chow men worked as a Cook and 15% of Chow women worked as a Packer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Chow were Salesman and Maid.

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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

  • Cook
    17%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Salesman
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Packer
    15%
  • Waitress
    13%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Maid
    10%
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What Chow family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Chow. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chow 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 46,000 immigration records available for the last name Chow. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Chow. For the veterans among your Chow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chow lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Chow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Chow in 1956 was 61, and 76 in 2004.

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