Dow Name Meaning

Scottish (also found in Ireland): reduced form of McDow. This surname is borne by a sept of the Buchanans. English: variant of Daw. Americanized spelling of Dutch Douw, an Old Frisian personal name. Americanized spelling of German Dau.

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


Similar surnames: Bow, Low, Dowd, Don, Down, Daw, Mow, Dom, Doe, Dowe

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Dow Family Origin

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Dow Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Laborer

    6%
  • Carpenter

    4%

In 1880, the most common Dow occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Dow's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dow. A less common occupation for the Dow family was Carpenter.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Dow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dow in 1940 was 35, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dow

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