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Tower Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a tower usually a defensive fortification or watchtower from Middle English Old French tūr (from Latin turris). English: occupational name for someone who dressed white leather cured with alum rather than tanned with bark from an agent derivative of Middle English taw(en) (Old English tawian ‘to prepare make ready’). Americanized form of German Tauer .

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

Similar surnames: Power, Mower, Bower, Gower, Towner, Tozer, Dower, Comer, Lower, Homer

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Where is the Tower family from?

You can see how Tower families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tower family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tower families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 100 Tower families living in Massachusetts. This was about 43% of all the recorded Tower's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Tower families in 1840.
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What did your Tower ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Tower. 13% of Tower men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Tower women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tower were Truck Driver and Waitress. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 46,000 census records available for the last name Tower. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tower 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Tower. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Tower. For the veterans among your Tower ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tower lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Tower life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Tower in 1941 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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