Gowdy Family History

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Gowdy Name Meaning

Northern Irish: variant of Goldie. Possibly an Americanized spelling of Gaude, an eastern German name under Slavic influence, or of German Gaudig, a nickname for a waster, from Middle High German giudec ‘wasteful’.

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

Similar surnames: Goody, Gowder, Goldy, Dowdy, Body, Good, Goede, Mowdy, Gordy, Yordy

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Gowdy Family Origin

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Gowdy Family Occupations

What did your Gowdy ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gowdy. A less common occupation for the Gowdy family was Farm Laborer. The most common Gowdy occupation in the USA was Farmer. 40% of Gowdy's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter

  • Farm Laborer


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

Gowdy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 15,000 census records available for the last name Gowdy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Gowdy 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Gowdy. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Gowdy. For the veterans among your Gowdy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Gowdy Life Expectancy

What is the average Gowdy lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Gowdy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Gowdy in 1957 was 53, and 66 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gowdy

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Gowdy 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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