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Bolton Family History

Bolton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern England named Bolton, especially the one in Lancashire, from Old English boðl ‘dwelling’, ‘house’ (see Bold 2) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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


Similar surnames: Colton, Holton, Bilton, Tolton, Belton, Booton, Banton, Milton

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Where is the Bolton family from?

You can see how Bolton families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bolton family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bolton families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 38 Bolton families living in New York. This was about 12% of all the recorded Bolton's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bolton families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bolton surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bolton ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bolton. 18% of Bolton men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Bolton women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bolton were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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

  • Laborer
    18%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

There are 381,000 census records available for the last name Bolton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bolton 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 56,000 immigration records available for the last name Bolton. 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 47,000 military records available for the last name Bolton. For the veterans among your Bolton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bolton lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bolton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bolton in 1941 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

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