Boswell Family History

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Boswell Name Meaning

Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Beuzeville in Seine Maritime, France, named with Old French Beuze (a personal name probably of Germanic origin) + ville ‘settlement’. The final element has been altered as a result of association with the common place name ending -well ‘spring’, ‘stream’.

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

Similar surnames: Bowell, Doswell, Oswell, Bonwell, Boxwell, Cogswell, Rowell, Biswell

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Boswell Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Boswell name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Boswell. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Boswell Family Origin

Where is the Boswell family from?

Boswell Family Occupations

What did your Boswell ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Boswell. The most common Boswell occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Boswell's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Boswell family was Farming.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Boswell ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Boswell Historical Records

What Boswell family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 128,000 census records available for the last name Boswell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boswell census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Boswell. 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 Card

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Boswell. For the veterans among your Boswell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Boswell Life Expectancy

What is the average Boswell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Boswell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Boswell in 1943 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Boswell ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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