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Bolt Family History

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

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Where is the Bolt family from?

You can see how Bolt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bolt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bolt families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 17 Bolt families living in New York. This was about 28% of all the recorded Bolt's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bolt families in 1840.
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What did your Bolt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bolt. 19% of Bolt men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Bolt women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bolt were Truck Driver and Housework.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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.

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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.

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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.

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