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The DOWER surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 1,111 21814 0.000 4
United States (1880 census) 578 8594 0.001 12
Change since 1880 +533 -13220 -0.001 -8
Other Countries
Australia 443 3585 0.003 27
United Kingdom 580 8009 0.001 13
Top States for DOWER by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 134 15387 0.000 4
Massachusetts 101 6837 0.002 16
Pennsylvania 93 13298 0.001 8
New York 87 18046 0.000 5
Maryland 58 8263 0.001 11
Top States for DOWER by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Delaware 14 8104 0.002 18
Wyoming 8 7551 0.002 16
Massachusetts 101 6837 0.002 16
South Dakota 11 9858 0.001 15
Connecticut 39 9937 0.001 11


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

Classification and Origin of DOWER

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the DOWER 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 DOWER 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 DOWER in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Caucasian) 891 80.2
Black/African American 157 14.13
Mixed Race 28 2.52
Asian/Pacific 18 1.62
White (Hispanic) 12 1.08
Native American/Alaskan 5 0.45

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

Meaning of DOWER in historical publications

DOWER. A rabbit's burrow, cuniculus. Prompt. Parv.

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 DOWER

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as DOWER.

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 DOWER

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