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Cowell Family History

Cowell Name Meaning

English: habitational name from places in Lancashire and Gloucestershire called Cowhill, from Old English cu ‘cow’ + hyll ‘hill’. possibly also an Americanized form of Polish, Jewish, and Sorbian Kowal.

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


Similar surnames: Rowell, Colwell, Crowell, Howell, Cowgill, Covell, Bowell, Corwell

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Where is the Cowell family from?

You can see how Cowell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cowell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cowell families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 20 Cowell families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Cowell's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Cowell families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Cowell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Cowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Cowell. 16% of Cowell men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Cowell women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cowell 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

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 126,000 census records available for the last name Cowell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cowell 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 15,000 immigration records available for the last name Cowell. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Cowell. For the veterans among your Cowell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cowell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Cowell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Cowell in 1942 was 28, and 71 in 2004.

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