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Bolter Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a bolter or sifter of flour, from Middle English bo(u)lt ‘to sift’ (Old French buleter, of Germanic origin). English: occupational name for a maker of bolts or bars, from an agent derivative of Middle English bolt (see Bolt). German: habitational name for someone from a lost place named Bolt. It is the name of a large family from Hechingen, Württemberg. German (also Bölter): occupational name for a maker of wooden bolts for crossbows, Middle High German bolter.

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


Similar surnames: Kolter, Bolger, Belter, Boelter, Boller, Balter, Koller, Colter

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Where is the Bolter family from?

You can see how Bolter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bolter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bolter families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Bolter families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Bolter's in USA. New York had the highest population of Bolter families in 1840.
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What did your Bolter ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bolter. 26% of Bolter men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Bolter women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bolter were Farm Laborer and Lodginghouse Keeper. .

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Farm Laborer
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    22%
  • Secretary
    16%
  • Bookkeeper
    11%
  • Lodginghouse Keeper
    11%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Bolter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bolter 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 Bolter. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Bolter. For the veterans among your Bolter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bolter lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Bolter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Bolter in 1954 was 41, and 92 in 2004.

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