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Bough Name Meaning

English and Irish (pronounced Bow): variant spelling of Bow. English (pronounced Boff): from a Norman form of Old French boeuf ‘bull’, ‘ox’, hence a nickname for a powerfully built man, or in some cases a metonymic occupational name for a herdsman.

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

Similar surnames: Brough, Hough, Tough, Couch, Brush, Brugh, Lough, Bou, Kough, Gough

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Where is the Bough family from?

You can see how Bough families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bough family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bough families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 87 Bough families living in Staffordshire. This was about 19% of all the recorded Bough's in the UK. Staffordshire had the highest population of Bough families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bough surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bough ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Horseman On Farm and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Bough. 16% of Bough men worked as a Horseman On Farm and 74% of Bough women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bough were General Labourer and Housekeeper.

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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

  • Horseman On Farm
  • Carpenter
  • Incapacitated
  • General Labourer

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Bough. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bough 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bough. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Bough. For the veterans among your Bough ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bough lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Bough life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Bough in 1943 was 35, and 80 in 2004.

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