Bolt Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Bolt Name Meaning

English (chiefly West Country): from Middle English bolt ‘bolt’, ‘bar’ (Old English bolt ‘arrow’). In part this may have originated as a nickname or byname for a short but powerfully built person, in part as a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bolts. Danish: variant of Boldt. Variant of Bold. German: from a short form of the personal names Baldwin or Reinbold.

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

Similar surnames: Bold, Polt, Boltz, Bolte, Boat, Belt, Bott, Boot, Colt, Boldt

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Bolt Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bolt name?

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

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Bolt Family Origin

Where is the Bolt family from?

Bolt Family Occupations

What did your Bolt ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Farm Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bolt. A less common occupation for the Bolt family was Keeping House. The most common Bolt occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Bolt's were Farmers.

View Census data for Bolt | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Farm Laborer

  • Keeping House


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bolt ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bolt Historical Records

What Bolt family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 73,000 census records available for the last name Bolt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bolt census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Bolt

Passenger List

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Bolt. 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.

View all Bolt immigration records

Draft Card

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Bolt. For the veterans among your Bolt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Bolt military records

You've only scratched the surface of Bolt family history.

Bolt Life Expectancy

What is the average Bolt lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bolt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bolt in 1942 was 46, and 67 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bolt

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bolt ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Bolt Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name