Bull Family History

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Bull Name Meaning

English: nickname for a strong, aggressive, bull-like man, from Middle English bul(l)e, bol(l)e. Occasionally, the name may denote a keeper of a bull. Compare Bulman. German (mainly northern): from a byname for a cattle breeder, keeper, or dealer. Compare South German Ochs. South German: nickname for a short fat man, a variant of Bolle, or a nickname for a man with the physical characteristics of a bull.

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

Similar surnames: Tull, Ball, Bell, Dull, Bill, Buhl, Gull, Bula, Cull, Boll

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Bull Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bull name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bull. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Bull Family Origin

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Bull Family Occupations

What did your Bull ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bull family was Clerk. Farmer, Fisherman and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bull. The most common Bull occupation in Canada was Farmer. 39% of Bull's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Fisherman

  • Labourer

  • Clerk


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bull ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bull Historical Records

What Bull family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 407,000 census records available for the last name Bull. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bull 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 40,000 immigration records available for the last name Bull. 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 35,000 military records available for the last name Bull. For the veterans among your Bull ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bull Life Expectancy

What is the average Bull lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Bull life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Bull in 1941 was 45, and 75 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bull ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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