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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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Where is the Bold family from?

You can see how Bold families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bold family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bold families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Bold families living in New York. This was about 36% of all the recorded Bold's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bold families in 1840.
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What did your Bold ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bold. 17% of Bold men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Bold women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bold were Proprietor and Clerk.

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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
    17%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Farmer
    7%
  • Proprietor
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Seamstress
    9%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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