Bolton Family History

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Bolton Name Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the numerous places in northern England named Bolton, especially the one in Lancashire, from Old English boðl ‘dwelling’, ‘house’ (see Bold 2) + tun ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’.

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

Similar surnames: Colton, Holton, Bilton, Tolton, Belton, Booton, Banton, Milton

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Bolton Family Origin

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Bolton Family Occupations

What did your Bolton ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bolton family was Labourer. The most common Bolton occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Bolton's were Farmers. Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bolton.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer


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

Bolton Historical Records

What Bolton family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 381,000 census records available for the last name Bolton. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bolton 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 56,000 immigration records available for the last name Bolton. 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 47,000 military records available for the last name Bolton. For the veterans among your Bolton ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bolton Life Expectancy

What is the average Bolton lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bolton life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Bolton in 1941 was 41, and 73 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bolton

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bolton 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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