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Bosley Family History

Bosley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Cheshire named Bosley, from the Old English personal name Bosa or Bot + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Americanized spelling of French Beausoleil, especially in New England. Altered spelling of German Bosler.

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


Similar surnames: Boxley, Bodley, Bowley, Mosley, Osley, Batley, Bosler, Godley, Gosney

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Where is the Bosley family from?

You can see how Bosley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bosley family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Bosley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 32 Bosley families living in Maryland. This was about 41% of all the recorded Bosley's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Bosley families in 1840.
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What did your Bosley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bosley. 22% of Bosley men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Bosley women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bosley were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    22%
  • Farmer
    18%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Waitress
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Bosley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bosley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bosley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Bosley. For the veterans among your Bosley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bosley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Bosley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bosley in 1949 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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