Sowder Family History

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Sowder Name Meaning

Probably an Americanized spelling of German Sauder or Sauter.

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

Similar surnames: Sowders, Sower, Gowder, Lowder, Mowder, Souter, Sluder, Bowser

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Sowder Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sowder name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sowder. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Sowder Family Origin

Where is the Sowder family from?

Sowder Family Occupations

What did your Sowder ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Farming were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sowder. The most common Sowder occupation in the USA was Farmer. 59% of Sowder's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Sowder family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming

  • Laborer


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

Sowder Historical Records

What Sowder family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Sowder. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sowder 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 304 immigration records available for the last name Sowder. 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 Sowder. For the veterans among your Sowder ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sowder Life Expectancy

What is the average Sowder lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Sowder life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Sowder in 1953 was 50, and 72 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Sowder

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sowder 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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