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Dowie Name Meaning

Scottish and northern Irish: variant of Duffy. Scottish: probably a reduced form of MacIldowie, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Dhuibh ‘son of the black lad’.

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

Similar surnames: Bowie, Downey, Cowie, Dowis, Howie, Downie, Doris, Dobie, Downes

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Where is the Dowie family from?

You can see how Dowie families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowie family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dowie families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1891 there were 81 Dowie families living in London. This was about 39% of all the recorded Dowie's in the UK. London had the highest population of Dowie families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Dowie surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Dowie ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Colliery Hewer Below Heavy W and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Dowie. 34% of Dowie men worked as a Colliery Hewer Below Heavy W and 78% of Dowie women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowie were Pharmacist and Incapacitated.

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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

  • Colliery Hewer Below Heavy W
  • General Labourer
  • Pharmacist

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Domestic Servant
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Dowie. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowie 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowie. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Dowie. For the veterans among your Dowie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowie lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Dowie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Dowie in 1962 was 68, and 53 in 2004.

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