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Belt Family History

Belt Surname Meaning

English and North German: metonymic occupational name for a leather belt or strap maker or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive belt from Middle English belt ‘belt girdle’ (Old English belt) Middle Low German balt. German: from a short form of the ancient Germanic personal name Baldher (see Belter ). North German: habitational name from a place called Beelte (see Belter ). Dutch (also Van den Belt): topographic name from belt ‘low hill’.

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


Similar surnames: Bell, Bolt, Best, Beck, Butt, Felt, Beltz, Kell, Welt, Bert

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Where is the Belt family from?

You can see how Belt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Belt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Belt families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 151 Belt families living in Yorkshire. This was about 32% of all the recorded Belt's in United Kingdom. Yorkshire had the highest population of Belt families in 1891.
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What did your Belt ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Cowman and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Belt. 24% of Belt men worked as a Cowman and 73% of Belt women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Belt were Colliery Hewer and Domestic Duties. .

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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

  • Cowman
    24%
  • Farmer
    24%
  • General Labourer
    18%
  • Colliery Hewer
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • Domestic Duties
    4%
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Census Records

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Belt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Belt 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Belt. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Belt. For the veterans among your Belt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Belt lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Belt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Belt in 1945 was 24, and 70 in 2004.

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