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Knowlson Name Meaning

English:: most probably a patronymic from the Middle English personal name Noel + son. The spelling Kn- would be a borrowing from words like know in which /kn/ was shortened to /n/ by the 17th century. Compare Knowles . alternatively it may be a variant of Nalson ‘son of Nall’ a Middle English pet form of Alice and possibly of other names in Al- such as Alan.

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


Similar surnames: Knowlton, Knowlden, Kolson, Nelson, Knowles, Kelson, Engelson, Ohlson

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Where is the Knowlson family from?

You can see how Knowlson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Knowlson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Knowlson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Knowlson family living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Knowlson's in USA. New York and 1 other state had the highest population of Knowlson families in 1840.
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What did your Knowlson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Electric Welder and Librarian were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Knowlson. 25% of Knowlson men worked as an Electric Welder and 100% of Knowlson women worked as a Librarian. .

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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

  • Electric Welder
    25%
  • Carpenter
    25%
  • New Worker
    25%
  • Marine Engineer
    25%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Librarian
    100%
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Passenger Lists

There are 673 immigration records available for the last name Knowlson. 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 675 military records available for the last name Knowlson. For the veterans among your Knowlson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Knowlson lifespan?

Between 1965 and 2003, in the United States, Knowlson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1984, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Knowlson in 1965 was 81, and 91 in 2003.

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