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Gower Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): regional name for someone from the district north of Paris known in Old French as Gohiere. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of the various places in northern France called Gouy (from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gaudius + the locative suffix -acum), with the addition of the Anglo-Norman French suffix -er. English: from a Norman personal name, Go(h)ier, cognate with the Old English name mentioned at Gooder. Welsh: from the peninsula in southern Wales, of which the Welsh name is Gwyr. Probably an Americanized spelling of German Gauer.

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


Similar surnames: Power, Bower, Tower, Goyer, Lower, Mower, Dower, Gomer, Comer, Hower

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Where is the Gower family from?

You can see how Gower families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gower family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gower families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 15 Gower families living in Maine. This was about 16% of all the recorded Gower's in the USA. Maine and 1 other state had the highest population of Gower families in 1840.
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What did your Gower ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Gower. 26% of Gower men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Gower women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gower were Carpenter and Maid.

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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
    26%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Waitress
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Gower. 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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There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Gower. For the veterans among your Gower ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Gower lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Gower life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Gower in 1948 was 49, and 76 in 2004.

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