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Chowdhury Name Meaning

Indian (Bengal) and Bangladeshi: Muslim and Hindu status name for a head of a community or caste, from Sanskrit catus- ‘four-way’, ‘all-round’ + dhuriya ‘undertaking a burden (of responsibility)’ (Sanskrit dhura ‘burden’). The title was originally awarded to persons of eminence, both Muslims and Hindus, by the Mughal emperors. The Khatris have a clan called Chowdhury. In some traditions the term is said to derive from a title for a military commander controlling four different fighting forces, namely navy, cavalry, infantry, and elephant corps, but this is probably no more than folk etymology.

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

Similar surnames: Choudhury, Choudhary, Choudhry, Chaudhary, Chaudhry, Chaudhuri

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Where is the Chowdhury family from?

You can see how Chowdhury families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Chowdhury family name was found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there was 1 Chowdhury family living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Chowdhury's in the USA. Illinois and 1 other state had the highest population of Chowdhury families in 1920.
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What did your Chowdhury ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Unpaid Domestic Duties was the top reported job for people in the UK named Chowdhury. .

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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.

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Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

There are 526 census records available for the last name Chowdhury. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Chowdhury 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 487 immigration records available for the last name Chowdhury. 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 55 military records available for the last name Chowdhury. For the veterans among your Chowdhury ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Chowdhury lifespan?

Between 1978 and 2004, in the United States, Chowdhury life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Chowdhury in 1978 was 42, and 53 in 2004.

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