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Boles Family History

Boles Name Meaning

Origin uncertain; possibly an altered spelling of English Bowles, a variant of Bowell or Bowler, or of German Bolz or Bohls.

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


Similar surnames: Bolds, Boler, Toles, Bowles, Bolen, Bole, Bolles, Noles, Boyes, Bores

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Where is the Boles family from?

You can see how Boles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boles families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 14 Boles families living in North Carolina. This was about 11% of all the recorded Boles's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Boles families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Boles surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Boles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Boles. 20% of Boles men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Boles women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boles were Salesman and Teacher.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Teacher
    5%
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Census Records

There are 56,000 census records available for the last name Boles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boles 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Boles. 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 13,000 military records available for the last name Boles. For the veterans among your Boles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boles lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Boles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Boles in 1943 was 30, and 71 in 2004.

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