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Booth Name Meaning

English (northern): topographic or occupational name from Middle English bothe (Old Danish bōth) ‘temporary shelter such as a covered market stall or a cattle-herdsman's hut’. The latter sense was predominant in the Pennines of Lancashire and Yorkshire where there were many cattle farms or vaccaries and whose subdivisions were known as ‘booths’. The principal meaning of the surname there was therefore probably ‘cattle herdsman’ ‘man in charge of a vaccary’ and thus identical with Boothman . Elsewhere it may have denoted a shopkeeper who owned a temporary market stall but no evidence has been found to confirm this use of the surname. In the British Isles the surname is still more common in northern England where Scandinavian influence was more marked and in Scotland where the word was borrowed into Gaelic as both(an).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: North, Boot, Borth, Foote, Worth, Boone, Boock, Boothe, Bolt, Forth

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Where is the Booth family from?

You can see how Booth families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Booth family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Booth families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 159 Booth families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Booth's in USA. New York had the highest population of Booth families in 1840.
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What did your Booth ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Booth. 14% of Booth men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Booth women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Booth were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 70,000 immigration records available for the last name Booth. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 86,000 military records available for the last name Booth. For the veterans among your Booth ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Booth lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Booth life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Booth in 1940 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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