Fowler (surname)

Surname Robert Henry Fowler United States Census Bureau

Fowler is an English and/or Scots surname. Its origin is the Old English fugelere, an occupational name for a bird-catcher or hunter of wild birds.[1][2][3] Old English fugel or fugol means "bird" and has evolved into the modern word fowl.

Notable Fowlers

Born before 1700

Born after 1700

Born after 1800

Born after 1900

Born after 1950



The "Fowler" surname evolved from an original use of "Fugelere" in the early 13th Century.[3] The surname is uncommon in the United States, appearing with a rank of 250 in the 1990 Census and a rank of 267 in the 2000 Census, 27½% of the American population being accounted for surnames in the ranks of 1 to 250.[4] In 19th Century England, "Fowler" was widespread, appearing in 35 of the 39 historic counties, with higher density in the north of England, in the 1891 Census of England and Wales.[5] Meanwhile, in 19th Century United States, "Fowler" appears in every surveyed state in both the 1880 US Census and 1840 US Census, showing a higher concentration in New York state in each case.[6][7]

Fictional characters


Several characters in the British soap opera EastEnders share the "Fowler" surname:

See also

Human name disambiguation pages


  1. ^ Seary, E. R.; Lynch, Sheila M. P. (1988) [1977]. Kirwin, William J. (ed.). Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland (Google Books). Canada: McGill–Queen's University Press. p. 188. ISBN 0-7735-1782-0. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  2. ^ "Fowler Name Meaning". Ancestry. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  3. ^ a b "Last name: Fowler". SurnameDB. Name Origin Research. Retrieved 2019-09-02.
  4. ^ "Name Search Results". United States Census Bureau. 2000-09-07. Archived from the original (Database query) on 1997-02-07. Retrieved 2008-01-31. NAME (last):FOWLER; %FREQ:0.042; CUMM FREQ:27.535%; RANK:250
  5. ^ "Fowler Families Living in England and Wales in 1891". Family Facts. The Generations Network, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  6. ^ "Fowler Family History Facts 1880". Family Facts. The Generations Network, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-01.
  7. ^ "Fowler Family History Facts 1840". Family Facts. The Generations Network, Inc. Retrieved 2008-02-01.