Box Name Meaning

English: from Middle English, Old English box ‘box tree’ (Latin buxus), in any of a number of possible applications. It may have been a topographic name for someone who lived by a box thicket, a habitational name from one of the places called Box, in Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, and Wiltshire, or a metonymic occupational name for someone who worked box wood, which is very hard and for this reason was used to make a variety of tools. In some cases it may even have been a nickname for a person with pale or yellow skin, for example as the result of jaundice, a reference to the color of box wood.

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


Similar surnames: Bow, Fox, Bos, Bon, Mox, Doe, Boe, Bone, Bob, Bou

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Box Family Origin

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Box Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Box. 42% of Box men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Box women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Box were Farming and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    42%
  • Labourer
    18%
  • Merchant
    11%
  • Farming
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Bookkeeper
    25%
  • Housekeeper
    25%
  • Housewife
    25%
  • Student
    25%

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

Box Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Box Life Expectancy

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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Box life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Box in 1944 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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