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Sower Family History

Sower Name Meaning

Americanized form of German or Jewish Sauer . English (Staffordshire): occupational name from Middle English souer ‘sower one who scatters seeds’ (Old English sāwere).

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

Similar surnames: Sowder, Sober, Hower, Dower, Gower, Tower, Sowers, Clower, Speer

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Where is the Sower family from?

You can see how Sower families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sower family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sower families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 19 Sower families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 43% of all the recorded Sower's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Sower families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Sower surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Sower ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Sower. 19% of Sower men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Sower women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sower were New Worker and Housework. .

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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
  • New Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Housework
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Sower. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sower census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 719 immigration records available for the last name Sower. 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 809 military records available for the last name Sower. For the veterans among your Sower ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sower lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Sower life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Sower in 1942 was 21, and 72 in 2004.

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