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Dowell Name Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill (see McDowell ). English: nickname from Middle English do well do will ‘do well’. Compare Farwell 1 and Gowell . English: variant of Doll .

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


Similar surnames: Powell, Mcdowell, Doell, Oswell, Mowell, Rowell, Dowdell, Cowell

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Where is the Dowell family from?

You can see how Dowell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dowell families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 296 Dowell families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Dowell's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Dowell families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dowell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dowell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Dowell. 13% of Dowell men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Dowell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowell were Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
    13%
  • Incapacitated
    6%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Household Duties
    2%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%
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What Dowell family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 144,000 census records available for the last name Dowell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowell 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowell. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 20,000 military records available for the last name Dowell. For the veterans among your Dowell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowell lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Dowell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Dowell in 1941 was 39, and 73 in 2004.

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