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Tolson Family History

Tolson Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): patronymic from the personal name Toll.

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


Similar surnames: Tolton, Tomson, Tilson, Colson, Dolson, Polson, Tompson, Dotson

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Where is the Tolson family from?

You can see how Tolson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Tolson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Tolson families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Tolson families living in Maryland. This was about 39% of all the recorded Tolson's in the USA. Maryland had the highest population of Tolson families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Tolson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Tolson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Tolson. 22% of Tolson men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Tolson women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Tolson were Farm Laborer and Housework.

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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

  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Farm Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    16%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Tolson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Tolson 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Tolson. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Tolson. For the veterans among your Tolson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Tolson lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Tolson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Tolson in 1948 was 57, and 77 in 2004.

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