Bolander Family History

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Bolander Name Meaning

Swedish: ornamental name composed either of bo ‘farm’ + the suffix -(land)er or of bol ‘farm’ + ander, probably taken from Greek aner ‘man’, genitive andros. German: habitational name for someone from Bolanden in the Palatinate, Bolande in Schleswig-Holstein, or Bohland in Baden. The first takes its name from a 13th century castle and neighboring village, which is derived from an older (12th century) field name, Bonlande(n), meaning ‘bean field’. German: probably an altered spelling of Böhlander, regional name for a Pole, Middle High German Polan, Poland (from Slavic poljane ‘plain’).

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

Similar surnames: Molander, Melander, Welander, Rylander, Sjolander, Lander, Selander

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Bolander Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bolander. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Bolander Family Origin

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Bolander Family Occupations

What did your Bolander ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bolander family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bolander. The most common Bolander occupation in the USA was Farmer. 42% of Bolander's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Bolander Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Bolander. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bolander 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bolander. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Bolander. For the veterans among your Bolander ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bolander Life Expectancy

What is the average Bolander lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Bolander life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Bolander in 1953 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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