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Origins of the Bowdon surname

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About the Bowdons

We have a total number of 2148 records for people with the last name Bowdon.

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Where do most Bowdons live?

In 1921, most Bowdons lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Bowdons

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We have 1,930 records for the Bowdon surname. The oldest one dates back to 1546.

Who were Bowdons most likely to marry?

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What are the most common Bowdon first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Bowdons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Bowdons in 1921


Hat Trimmer


House Servant




Cotton Weaver


Common Male occupations for Bowdons in 1921
Coal Miner


Agricultural Labourer






General Labourer


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