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Dowey Family History

Dowey Name Meaning

English and Irish: variant of Duffy.

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

Similar surnames: Howey, Dowdey, Dovey, Doney, Dowe, Dowdy, Dowley, Dowty, Dobey, Cowey

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Where is the Dowey family from?

You can see how Dowey families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowey family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dowey families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Dowey families living in North Carolina. This was about 50% of all the recorded Dowey's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Dowey families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dowey surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dowey ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Dowey. 40% of Dowey men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Dowey women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowey were Farmer and Housework.

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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
  • Operator
  • Farm Laborer
  • Farmer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Dowey. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowey 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 943 immigration records available for the last name Dowey. 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 618 military records available for the last name Dowey. For the veterans among your Dowey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowey lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Dowey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1974, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Dowey in 1962 was 61, and 82 in 2004.

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