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Bold Surname Meaning

English (Lancashire and Staffordshire): from Middle English bold ‘dwelling-house’ (Old English bold the West Midland and northwestern form of Old English bōthl bōtl) especially in the sense ‘castle or manor house’ for someone who lived or worked at the main house or a habitational name from one of the many places called with this word for example Bold (Lancashire) The Bold in Aston Botterell (Shropshire) Booden Farm in Haughton Booth in Blithfield and Bull Bridge in Penkridge (all Staffordshire). Compare Bodle . English: nickname from Middle English bold Old English b(e)ald ‘bold brave noble’ which in Middle English developed the additional sense ‘arrogant impudent shameless’. English: variant of Bolt and possibly a variant of Bald German: from the ancient Germanic personal name Baldo a short form of various compound names based on the element bald ‘bold’ notably Baldwin in the north and Reinbold in the south. Compare Boldt and Bolt . German: nickname from Middle Low German bolt ‘quick brave’ or Middle High German bolte ‘bolt shackle’. Swedish: probably of German origin (see 4 and 5 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Gold, Bald, Bolt, Boll, Old, Bond, Boldt, Wold, Bole, Bolda

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Where is the Bold family from?

You can see how Bold families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bold family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bold families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 367 Bold families living in Lancashire. This was about 55% of all the recorded Bold's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Bold families in 1891.
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What did your Bold ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bold. 15% of Bold men worked as a General Labourer and 82% of Bold women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bold were Bricklayer and School Teacher. .

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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
    15%
  • Dairy Farmer
    9%
  • Gardener
    9%
  • Bricklayer
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    82%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Private Means
    4%
  • School Teacher
    2%
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What is the average Bold lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Bold life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Bold in 1956 was 53, and 75 in 2004.

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