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Bosma Name Meaning

Frisian: topographic name for someone who lived by a wood, from bos ‘wood’. Compare Bosch.

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


Similar surnames: Posa, Bosch, Bossman, Bosman, Bouma, Borda, Boss, Rosman, Boomsma

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Where is the Bosma family from?

You can see how Bosma families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bosma family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Bosma families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 14 Bosma families living in Iowa. This was about 33% of all the recorded Bosma's in the USA. Iowa and 1 other state had the highest population of Bosma families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bosma surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bosma ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bosma. 36% of Bosma men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Bosma women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bosma were Truck Driver and Registered Nurse.

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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
    36%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Farm Hand
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    34%
  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Teacher
    13%
  • Registered Nurse
    13%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Bosma. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bosma 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 Bosma. 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 651 military records available for the last name Bosma. For the veterans among your Bosma ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bosma lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Bosma life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bosma in 1949 was 67, and 73 in 2004.

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