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Bull Name Meaning

English: nickname for a strong, aggressive, bull-like man, from Middle English bul(l)e, bol(l)e. Occasionally, the name may denote a keeper of a bull. Compare Bulman. German (mainly northern): from a byname for a cattle breeder, keeper, or dealer. Compare South German Ochs. South German: nickname for a short fat man, a variant of Bolle, or a nickname for a man with the physical characteristics of a bull.

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


Similar surnames: Tull, Ball, Bell, Dull, Bill, Buhl, Gull, Bula, Cull, Boll

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Where is the Bull family from?

You can see how Bull families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bull family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bull families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 153 Bull families living in New York. This was about 34% of all the recorded Bull's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bull families in 1840.
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What did your Bull ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bull. 20% of Bull men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Bull women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bull were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Carpenter
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%
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Census Records

There are 407,000 census records available for the last name Bull. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bull 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 40,000 immigration records available for the last name Bull. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Bull. For the veterans among your Bull ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bull lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bull life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bull in 1941 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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