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Dowsett Family History

Dowsett Name Meaning

English (Essex): nickname from Middle English doucet dowcet dulcette (Anglo-Norman French doucet) a diminutive of doux ‘sweet pleasing agreeable’.

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

Similar surnames: Dossett, Fossett, Dowse, Corbett, Doggett, Gossett, Doucett, Dorsett

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Where is the Dowsett family from?

You can see how Dowsett families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowsett family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1880 and 1920. The most Dowsett families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1880 there were 15 Dowsett families living in Connecticut. This was about 44% of all the recorded Dowsett's in USA. Connecticut had the highest population of Dowsett families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dowsett surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dowsett ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Dowsett. 34% of Dowsett men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Dowsett women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowsett were House Painter and Bookkeeper. .

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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
  • Manager
  • Carpenter
  • House Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Bookkeeper
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What Dowsett family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Dowsett. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowsett 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowsett. 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 Dowsett. For the veterans among your Dowsett ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowsett lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Dowsett life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Dowsett in 1951 was 40, and 81 in 2004.

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