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Bolling Name Meaning

English: nickname for someone with close-cropped hair or a large head, Middle English bolling ‘pollard’, or for a heavy drinker, from Middle English bolling ‘excessive drinking’. German (Bölling): from a pet form of a personal name formed with Germanic bald ‘bold’, ‘brave’ (see Baldwin). Swedish: either an ornamental name composed of Boll + the suffix -ing ‘belonging to’, or possibly a habitational name from a place named Bolling(e).

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


Similar surnames: Billing, Balling, Rolling, Bolding, Kolling, Colling, Bollin, Holling

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Where is the Bolling family from?

You can see how Bolling families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bolling family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bolling families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 23 Bolling families living in Ontario. This was about 61% of all the recorded Bolling's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bolling families in 1911.
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What did your Bolling ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bolling. 23% of Bolling men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Bolling women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bolling were Salesman and Stenographer.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    23%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Truck Driver
    4%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    14%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Bolling. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Bolling. For the veterans among your Bolling ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bolling lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bolling life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Bolling in 1940 was 46, and 72 in 2004.

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