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Origins of the Fowler surname

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What does the name Fowler mean?

Fower is an English surname. It derives from the Middle English 'Foulere' (bird catcher or gamekeeper). It was given to those who engaged in these occupations, and their lineage, and has been found in documents dating back to around 1200. It is common throughout the country, but is far less prevalent in the South-East of England.

Alternative variations of the name Fowler

Fowler, Fowlar, Fouler, Fowller, Fouller

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Where do most Fowlers live?

In 1921, most Fowlers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Fowlers

How common is your surname?

220th most common surname in the UK

We have 162,000 records for the Fowler surname. The oldest one dates back to 1538.

Who were Fowlers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Fowler first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Fowlers

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

Common Female occupations for Fowlers in 1921




Domestic Servant


Living On Own Means


General Servant Domestic


Common Male occupations for Fowlers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer




General Labourer


Coal Miner




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