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The BOWLEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,841 14792 0.001 7
United States (1880 census) 585 8503 0.001 12
Change since 1880 +1256 -6289 0 -5
Other Countries
Australia 412 3824 0.003 25
United Kingdom 2,249 2677 0.005 49
Top States for BOWLEY by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 138 17732 0.000 4
Maine 133 1782 0.010 104
Texas 112 14401 0.001 5
Florida 102 17069 0.001 6
New York 101 18781 0.001 5
Top States for BOWLEY by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Maine 133 1782 0.010 104
New Hampshire 89 2199 0.007 72
Vermont 31 3259 0.005 51
Rhode Island 39 4081 0.004 37
Nebraska 46 5842 0.003 27


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

Classification and Origin of BOWLEY

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 BOWLEY 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 BOWLEY 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 BOWLEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 74 4.02
White (Hispanic) 49 2.66
Mixed Race 40 2.17
Asian/Pacific 38 2.06
Native American/Alaskan 10 0.54
White (Caucasian) 1,630 88.54

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

Meaning of BOWLEY in historical publications

BOWLEY. Probably a corruption of

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 BOWLEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as BOWLEY.

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 BOWLEY

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