Bold Family History

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Bold Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English bold ‘courageous’, ‘daring’ (Old English b(e)ald, cognate with Old High German bald). In some cases it may derive from an Old English personal name (see Bald). English: topographic name for someone who lived or worked at the main house in a settlement, from Old English bold, the usual West Midland and northwestern form of Old English boðl, botl ‘dwelling house’, ‘hall’. English: habitational name for someone from Bold in Lancashire, which is named with Old English bold ‘dwelling’, as in 2 above. German: from the Germanic personal name Baldo, a short form of the various compound names with the element bald ‘bold’, notably Baldwin in the north, and Reinbold in the south. Swedish: probably of German origin.

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

Similar surnames: Gold, Bald, Bolt, Boll, Old, Bond, Boldt, Wold, Bole, Bolda

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Bold Family Origin

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Bold Family Occupations

What did your Bold ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bold family was Cooper. The most common Bold occupation in the USA was Farmer. 18% of Bold's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bold.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Tailor

  • Cooper


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Bold Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Bold. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bold 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Bold. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Bold. For the veterans among your Bold ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bold Life Expectancy

What is the average Bold lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Bold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Bold in 1956 was 53, and 75 in 2004.

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