Boat Family History

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Boat Name Meaning

Origin uncertain. The surname is recorded in England in the 1881 English census and may be of English origin, a metonymic occupational name for a boatman or boat builder, from Middle English bot(e) ‘boat’. However, in part at least, it is an Americanized form of some other name, most probably Dutch and North German Boot.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Boot, Bott, Bolt, Bean, Best, Bow, Hoad, Belt, Moat, Kost

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Boat Family Origin

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Boat Family Occupations

What did your Boat ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Boat. The most common Boat occupation in the USA was Farmer. 24% of Boat's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Boat family was Painter.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Painter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Boat ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Boat Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Boat. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boat census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 352 immigration records available for the last name Boat. 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 Card

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Boat. For the veterans among your Boat ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Boat Life Expectancy

What is the average Boat lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Boat life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Boat in 1951 was 43, and 86 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Boat

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Boat ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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