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Dowden Family History

Dowden Name Meaning

English: patronymic from an Old English personal name, Dogod (probably a derivative of dugan ‘to avail’, ‘to be of use’). In England the surname is chiefly found in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

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

Similar surnames: Bowden, Cowden, Howden, Downen, Rowden, Dower, Dryden, Olden, Ogden

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Where is the Dowden family from?

You can see how Dowden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dowden families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 14 Dowden families living in Indiana. This was about 29% of all the recorded Dowden's in USA. Indiana had the highest population of Dowden families in 1840.
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What did your Dowden ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dowden. 20% of Dowden men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Dowden women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowden were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Dowden. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowden 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowden. 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 Dowden. For the veterans among your Dowden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowden lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Dowden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Dowden in 1944 was 36, and 78 in 2004.

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