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Mcdowell Name Meaning

Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill ‘son of Dubhghall’ a byname meaning ‘dark stranger’ used among the Gaels to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. This is the usual Irish spelling of this name while McDougall is the usual Scottish spelling. However McDowall is also common in south west Scotland and a prominent Galloway family with this name first appear in the historical record in the late 13th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Mcdougall, Mcdonnell, Dowell, Powell, Mccoll, Maxwell, Mcowen, Mowell

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Where is the Mcdowell family from?

You can see how Mcdowell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcdowell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcdowell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 140 Mcdowell families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 27% of all the recorded Mcdowell's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Mcdowell families in 1840.
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What did your Mcdowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Mcdowell. 17% of Mcdowell men worked as a Farmer and 7% of Mcdowell women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mcdowell were Truck Driver and Cook. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Housewife
  • Cook
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What is the average Mcdowell lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Mcdowell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mcdowell in 1942 was 28, and 74 in 2004.

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