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Boston Name Meaning

English: habitational name from the place in Lincolnshire, the name of which means ‘Botwulf’s stone’. This has been considered to refer to St. Botulf, and to be the site of the monastery that he built in the 7th century, but it is more likely that the Botwulf of the place name was an ordinary landowner, and that the association with the saint was a later development because of the name. Probably an altered spelling of German Basten and perhaps Bastian.

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


Similar surnames: Poston, Booton, Baston, Foston, Roston, Burston, Rolston, Colston

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Boston Family Origin

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Boston Family Occupations

What did your Boston ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Farmer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Boston. 35% of Boston men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Boston women worked as a Farmer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boston were Cultivateur and Operator

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    35%
  • Machinist
    13%
  • Engineer
    13%
  • Cultivateur
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    43%
  • Housekeeper
    29%
  • Operator
    29%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Boston Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 89,000 census records available for the last name Boston. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boston census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Boston. 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 Card

There are 52,000 military records available for the last name Boston. For the veterans among your Boston ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Boston Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Boston life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Boston in 1944 was 46, and 71 in 2004.

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