Bolam Family History

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Bolam Name Meaning

English (Northumberland): habitational name from places called Bolam in Northumberland and County Durham. These place names could derive from the dative plural (bolum) of either of two unattested Old English words, bola ‘tree trunk’ (compare Old Norse bolr) or bol ‘rounded hill’ (compare Middle Low German bolle ‘round object’).

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

Similar surnames: Bolas, Holm, Bold, Bream, Bolt, Ballam, Boram, Balsam, Borom, Baham

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Bolam Family Origin

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Bolam Family Occupations

What did your Bolam ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bolam occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 12% of Bolam's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Bolam family was Agricultural Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bolam.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bolam ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bolam Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Bolam. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bolam census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bolam. 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 Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Bolam. For the veterans among your Bolam ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bolam Life Expectancy

What is the average Bolam lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bolam life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Bolam in 1940 was 44, and 62 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bolam

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bolam ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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