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Dowson Family History

Dowson Name Meaning

English (Durham and North Yorkshire):: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Dow a side form of Daw and a pet form of Ralph. Dow can be pronounced to rhyme with either hoe or how. The Durham surname alternates with Dawson from the 16th century onward. alternatively a patronymic from the Middle English personal name Douce (see Dowse ).

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

Similar surnames: Dopson, Dobson, Dotson, Gosson, Dawson, Pawson, Tomson, Bosson

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Where is the Dowson family from?

You can see how Dowson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Dowson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Dowson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 773 Dowson families living in Yorkshire. This was about 34% of all the recorded Dowson's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Dowson families in 1891.
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What did your Dowson 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 Dowson. 11% of Dowson men worked as a General Labourer and 71% of Dowson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Dowson were Cowman 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

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Cowman

Top Female Occupations In 1939

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

There are 42,000 census records available for the last name Dowson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dowson 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Dowson. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Dowson. For the veterans among your Dowson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Dowson lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Dowson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Dowson in 1962 was 78, and 79 in 2004.

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