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Dowdall Name Meaning

Irish (of English origin): habitational name from Dovedale in Derbyshire, ‘valley (Middle English dale) of the river Dove’ (see Dove 1). Irish: English surname adopted by bearers of Gaelic Ó Dubhdáleithe (see Dudley 2). English: habitational name from a lost place Ovedale or Uvedale, which gave rise to the 14th-century surname de Uvedale alias de Ovedale, connected with the manor of D’Oversdale in Litlington, Cambridgeshire; this is first recorded as ‘manor of Overdale otherwise Dowdale’ in 1408.

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


Similar surnames: Pownall, Doll, Goodall, Newhall, Foxall, Dugdale, Powell, Woodall

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Where is the Dowdall family from?

You can see how Dowdall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowdall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dowdall families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Dowdall families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Dowdall's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Dowdall families in 1840.
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What did your Dowdall ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dowdall. 20% of Dowdall men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Dowdall women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowdall were Manager and Maid.

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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
    20%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    14%
  • Manager
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Teacher
    16%
  • Clerk
    16%
  • Maid
    12%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Dowdall. For the veterans among your Dowdall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowdall lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2003, in the United States, Dowdall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dowdall in 1952 was 55, and 79 in 2003.

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