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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In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dow. 13% of Dow men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Dow women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dow were Carpenter and Clerk

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Dow Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Dow Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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