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Bolam Family History

Bolam Name Meaning

English (Northumberland): habitational name from places called Bolam in Northumberland and County Durham. These place names could derive from the dative plural (bolum) of either of two unattested Old English words, bola ‘tree trunk’ (compare Old Norse bolr) or bol ‘rounded hill’ (compare Middle Low German bolle ‘round object’).

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

Similar surnames: Bolas, Holm, Bold, Bream, Bolt, Ballam, Boram, Balsam, Borom, Baham

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Where is the Bolam family from?

You can see how Bolam families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bolam family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bolam families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there was 1 Bolam family living in Ohio. This was 100% of all the recorded Bolam's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bolam families in 1840.
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What did your Bolam ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bolam. 67% of Bolam men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Bolam women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bolam were Truck Driver and Treeer.

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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
  • Miner
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Cook
  • Treeer
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bolam. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Bolam. For the veterans among your Bolam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bolam lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bolam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Bolam in 1940 was 44, and 62 in 2004.

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