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Bolen Family History

Bolen Name Meaning

Czech: from a pet form of the personal names Boleslav or Bolebor. Polish (Bolen): from a pet form of the personal name Boleslaw. Variant spelling of German Bohlen. Swedish (Bolén): ornamental name composed of an unexplained first element + the common surname suffix -én, a derivative of Latin -enius ‘descendant of’. English: variant of Bullen.

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


Similar surnames: Boden, Boren, Nolen, Bolin, Bohlen, Molen, Bolten, Dolen, Bolek

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Where is the Bolen family from?

You can see how Bolen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bolen family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bolen families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 26 Bolen families living in Ohio. This was about 27% of all the recorded Bolen's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bolen families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bolen surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bolen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bolen. 21% of Bolen men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Bolen women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bolen were Salesman and Laborer.

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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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Truck Driver
    5%
  • Salesman
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Laborer
    7%
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Census Records

There are 31,000 census records available for the last name Bolen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bolen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bolen. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Bolen. For the veterans among your Bolen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bolen lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bolen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bolen in 1941 was 42, and 75 in 2004.

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