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Boswell Name Meaning

Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Beuzeville in Seine Maritime, France, named with Old French Beuze (a personal name probably of Germanic origin) + ville ‘settlement’. The final element has been altered as a result of association with the common place name ending -well ‘spring’, ‘stream’.

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


Similar surnames: Bowell, Doswell, Oswell, Bonwell, Boxwell, Cogswell, Rowell, Biswell

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Where is the Boswell family from?

You can see how Boswell families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boswell family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boswell families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 403 Boswell families living in London. This was about 15% of all the recorded Boswell's in the UK. London had the highest population of Boswell families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Boswell surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Boswell ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Boswell. 16% of Boswell men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Boswell women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boswell were Carpenter and Incapacitated.

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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

  • General Labourer
    16%
  • Builders Labourer
    4%
  • Gardener
    4%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    70%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 128,000 census records available for the last name Boswell. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boswell 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Boswell. 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 25,000 military records available for the last name Boswell. For the veterans among your Boswell ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boswell lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Boswell life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Boswell in 1943 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

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