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Bott Family History

Bott Name Meaning

English: probably from an Old English personal name of uncertain origin; perhaps a cognate of Bothe or akin to Butt. However, forms such as Walter le Botte (Oxfordshire 1279) seem to point to a nickname or occupational name, perhaps from Old French bot ‘butt’, ‘cask’, or bot ‘toad’. Compare Bottrell. South German: occupational name for a messenger, from Middle High German bote ‘messenger’, ‘emissary’. Danish: according to Søndergaard, from Dutch bot, both ‘flounder’ (the fish).

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


Similar surnames: Butt, Lott, Batt, Boat, Cott, Ott, Boot, Dott, Hott, Nott

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Where is the Bott family from?

You can see how Bott families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bott family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bott families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 7 Bott families living in Virginia. This was about 27% of all the recorded Bott's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Bott families in 1840.
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What did your Bott ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bott. 17% of Bott men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Bott women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bott 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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
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Census Records

There are 70,000 census records available for the last name Bott. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bott 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Bott. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Bott. For the veterans among your Bott ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bott lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Bott life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bott in 1953 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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