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Dower Name Meaning

English (Cornwall): occupational name for a baker from Middle English dougher dower ‘dough maker; baker’ a derivative of Old English dāh (genitive dāges) ‘dough’. Irish (Waterford): variant of Dore Probably an Americanized form of German Dauer .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Tower, Mower, Dowler, Doner, Gower, Domer, Comer, Lower, Bower, Hower

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Where is the Dower family from?

You can see how Dower families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dower family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dower families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Dower families living in New York. This was about 43% of all the recorded Dower's in USA. New York had the highest population of Dower families in 1840.
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What did your Dower ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dower. 21% of Dower men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Dower women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dower were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Secretary
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Dower. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dower 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Dower. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Dower. For the veterans among your Dower ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dower lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Dower life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Dower in 1957 was 47, and 78 in 2004.

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