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Clow Name Meaning

English: variant of Clough. English: metonymic occupational name for a nailer, from Old French clou ‘nail’. Compare Clower. Possibly an Americanized spelling of German Klau, a habitational name for someone from Klau near Aachen or Clauen in Lower Saxony, or Glau, a nickname for an astute person, from Old High German, Low German glou, glau ‘circumspect’.

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

Similar surnames: Low, Clower, Clos, Flow, Blow, Chow, Crow, Coor, Glow, Clowe

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Where is the Clow family from?

You can see how Clow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Clow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Clow families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 55 Clow families living in New York. This was about 63% of all the recorded Clow's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Clow families in 1840.
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What did your Clow ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Clow. 19% of Clow men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Clow women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Clow were Carpenter and Housekeeper.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Nurse
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Clow. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Clow 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Clow. 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 Clow. For the veterans among your Clow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Clow lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Clow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Clow in 1943 was 42, and 82 in 2004.

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