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Bolt Name Meaning

English: from Middle English bolt ‘bolt bar’ also ‘bundle’ (Old English bolt ‘arrow’). One of the most common senses of this word was ‘the blunt-headed bolt of a crossbow’ so it could have been given to an archer or to a maker of iron bars or bolts. Bolt was also used metaphorically for a short thickset or tubby person and for someone who was physically upright as a bolt i.e. ‘as straight as an arrow’. English: variant of Bold Dutch North German and Danish: from the ancient Germanic personal name Baldo a short form of various compound names with the first element bald ‘bold’. See also German Bold compare German and Danish Boldt . North German: nickname from Middle Low German bolt ‘quick defiant daring’.

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

Similar surnames: Bold, Polt, Boltz, Bolte, Boat, Belt, Bott, Boot, Colt, Boldt

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Where is the Bolt family from?

You can see how Bolt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bolt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bolt families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 661 Bolt families living in Devon. This was about 31% of all the recorded Bolt's in United Kingdom. Devon had the highest population of Bolt families in 1891.
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What did your Bolt 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 Bolt. 11% of Bolt men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Bolt women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bolt were Incapacitated 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
  • Farmer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Bolt. For the veterans among your Bolt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bolt lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Bolt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bolt in 1942 was 46, and 67 in 2004.

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