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Dowland Name Meaning

English (Dorset): habitational name from Dowland in Devon possibly named from Old English dūfe ‘dove’ + land ‘open country’. The name is pronounced with the first element rhyming with owl but it may have been confused with and absorbed by Dolling also a Devon name (see Dollins ). The name may also be a post-medieval variant of Dolling (see Dollins ) with shortening of -ing to /ən/ as in Dowlen to which excrescent -d was added at will. Irish: probably a variant of Dowlin or Dolan .

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


Similar surnames: Rowland, Boland, Hoyland, Norland, Osland, Morland, Voland, Soland

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Where is the Dowland family from?

You can see how Dowland families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowland family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dowland families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Dowland families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 38% of all the recorded Dowland's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Dowland families in 1840.
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What did your Dowland ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dowland. 39% of Dowland men worked as a Farmer and 63% of Dowland women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowland were Laborer and Farm Laborer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    39%
  • Truck Driver
    12%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Laborer
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    63%
  • Farm Laborer
    38%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 745 immigration records available for the last name Dowland. 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 782 military records available for the last name Dowland. For the veterans among your Dowland ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowland lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Dowland life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1991, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Dowland in 1959 was 53, and 82 in 2004.

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