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Bottom Name Meaning

Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived in a broad valley, from Old English botm ‘valley bottom’. In some cases, a mistranslation of French Lafond, in which Old French la fond ‘fountain’ is confused with modern French le fond ‘the bottom’.

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


Similar surnames: Botten, Bott, Cotton, Bouton, Motte, Bollom, Bolton, Botte, Button

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Where is the Bottom family from?

You can see how Bottom families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bottom family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bottom families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 32 Bottom families living in Kentucky. This was about 43% of all the recorded Bottom's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Bottom families in 1840.
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What did your Bottom ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bottom. 34% of Bottom men worked as a Farmer and 13% of Bottom women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bottom were Farming and Cook.

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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
    34%
  • Laborer
    25%
  • Truck Driver
    7%
  • Farming
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    13%
  • Laundress
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
  • Cook
    11%
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Census Records

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Bottom. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bottom 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 Bottom. 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 8,000 military records available for the last name Bottom. For the veterans among your Bottom ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bottom lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bottom life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Bottom in 1943 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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