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Booth Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived in a small hut or bothy, Middle English both(e), especially a cowman or shepherd. The word is of Scandinavian origin (compare Old Danish both, Old Norse buð) and was used to denote various kinds of temporary shelter, typically a cowshed or a herdsman’s hut. In the British Isles the surname is still more common in northern England, where Scandinavian influence was more marked, and in Scotland, where the word was borrowed into Gaelic as both(an).

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


Similar surnames: North, Boot, Borth, Foote, Worth, Boone, Boock, Boothe, Bolt, Forth

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Where is the Booth family from?

You can see how Booth families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Booth family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Booth families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 159 Booth families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Booth's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Booth families in 1840.
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What did your Booth ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Booth. 14% of Booth men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Booth women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Booth were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

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

There are 783,000 census records available for the last name Booth. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Booth 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 70,000 immigration records available for the last name Booth. 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 86,000 military records available for the last name Booth. For the veterans among your Booth ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Booth lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Booth life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Booth in 1940 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

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