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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. According to MacLysaght, this is the Irish form of the name of the Scottish clan McDougall, borne by a branch which went to Ireland from the Hebrides as mercenaries. However, Black shows that both forms were current in Scotland.

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


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

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Mcdowell Family Origin

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Mcdowell Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Mcdowell family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mcdowell. The most common Mcdowell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Mcdowell's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    9%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    4%

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Mcdowell Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Mcdowell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mcdowell 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 642 immigration records available for the last name Mcdowell. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Mcdowell. For the veterans among your Mcdowell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mcdowell Life Expectancy

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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