Dowdy Family History

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Dowdy Name Meaning

Northern Irish: variant of Dowd.

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

Similar surnames: Dowds, Dowda, Doody, Dowd, Gowdy, Dowey, Dawdy, Mowdy, Douds, Dowdey

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Dowdy Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dowdy name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Dowdy. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Dowdy Family Origin

Where is the Dowdy family from?

Dowdy Family Occupations

What did your Dowdy ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dowdy. A less common occupation for the Dowdy family was Keeping House. The most common Dowdy occupation in the USA was Farmer. 53% of Dowdy's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farming

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Dowdy ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Dowdy Historical Records

What Dowdy family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 37,000 census records available for the last name Dowdy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowdy census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowdy. 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 Card

There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Dowdy. For the veterans among your Dowdy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dowdy Life Expectancy

What is the average Dowdy lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Dowdy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Dowdy in 1945 was 39, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Dowdy

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dowdy ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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