Bosley Family History

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Bosley Name Meaning

English: habitational name from a place in Cheshire named Bosley, from the Old English personal name Bosa or Bot + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Americanized spelling of French Beausoleil, especially in New England. Altered spelling of German Bosler.

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

Similar surnames: Boxley, Bodley, Bowley, Mosley, Osley, Batley, Bosler, Godley, Gosney

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Bosley Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bosley name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bosley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


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Bosley Family Origin

Where is the Bosley family from?

Bosley Family Occupations

What did your Bosley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Bosley occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Bosley's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Mason and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bosley. A less common occupation for the Bosley family was Laundress.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Mason

  • Farmer

  • Laundress


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

Bosley Historical Records

What Bosley family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 38,000 census records available for the last name Bosley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bosley 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bosley. 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 6,000 military records available for the last name Bosley. For the veterans among your Bosley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bosley Life Expectancy

What is the average Bosley lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Bosley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bosley in 1949 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bosley 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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