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The BOWDEN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 23,677 1373 0.009 88
United States (1880 census) 5,004 1223 0.010 100
Change since 1880 +18673 -150 -0.001 -12
Other Countries
Australia 3,516 424 0.022 215
United Kingdom 10,654 557 0.023 232
Top States for BOWDEN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 1,933 1335 0.009 93
North Carolina 1,737 700 0.022 216
Florida 1,553 1376 0.010 97
California 1,485 2198 0.004 44
Georgia 1,388 790 0.017 170
Top States for BOWDEN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 669 329 0.052 525
Delaware 307 395 0.039 392
Alabama 1,249 628 0.028 281
Utah 500 573 0.022 224
North Carolina 1,737 700 0.022 216


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called BOWDEN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called BOWDEN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called BOWDEN in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a BOWDEN by picking someone at random in Maine than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of BOWDEN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the BOWDEN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the BOWDEN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of BOWDEN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 372 1.57
Mixed Race 334 1.41
Asian/Pacific 116 0.49
Native American/Alaskan 107 0.45
White (Caucasian) 17,670 74.63
Black/African American 5,079 21.45

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the BOWDEN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of BOWDEN in historical publications

BOWDEN. BOAVDON. The B.'s. were of Bowdon Hall, co. Derby, in the XV. cent. Yet they have a tradition tliat they are of Norman descent, and that the name was originally Bodin. In 1572 two protestant Walloons, Nich. and John Bowden, settled at R3-e. Lansd. MS. 15. 70.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to BOWDEN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BOWDEN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for BOWDEN

The following words are slight variants of BOWDEN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.