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Balson Surname Meaning

English (Dorset): possibly a variant of the habitational name Balsdon which is most probably from Great Boulsdon in Newent (Gloucestershire) Balstone in Buckland Monachorum or Bulstone in Branscombe (both Devon). Alternatively it may be derived from a Middle English personal name derived from an unattested Old English personal name formed with beald ‘bold’ + stān ‘stone’). Compare Bolson and Balsam .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Bulson, Bolson, Bason, Ballon, Baldon, Belson, Burson, Hanson, Balon

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Where is the Balson family from?

You can see how Balson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Balson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Balson families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 79 Balson families living in Dorset. This was about 28% of all the recorded Balson's in United Kingdom. Dorset had the highest population of Balson families in 1891.
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What did your Balson ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Farm Carter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Balson. 28% of Balson men worked as a Farm Carter and 75% of Balson women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Balson were House Painter decorator and Stocking Machine Knitter. .

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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 1939

  • Farm Carter
    28%
  • Aircraft Worker
    19%
  • Motor Worker Stock Chaser
    19%
  • House Painter decorator
    19%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    75%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
  • Household Duties
    4%
  • Stocking Machine Knitter
    3%
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Passenger Lists

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Draft Cards

There are 702 military records available for the last name Balson. For the veterans among your Balson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Balson lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2003, in the United States, Balson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1975, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Balson in 1963 was 74, and 95 in 2003.

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