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Colt Family History

Colt Surname Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English colt ‘young ass or horse’ probably for a lively perhaps sexually unrestrained young man. Americanized form (translation into English) of French Poulin ‘young animal colt’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bolt, Cott, Holt, Cole, Pott, Colter, Court, Molt, Corn, Polt

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Where is the Colt family from?

You can see how Colt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Colt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Colt families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 40 Colt families living in Quebec. This was about 63% of all the recorded Colt's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Colt families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Colt surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Colt ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Colt. 56% of Colt men worked as a Farmer. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Merchant
  • Teamster
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Census Records

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Colt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Colt census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Colt. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Colt. For the veterans among your Colt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Colt lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Colt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Colt in 1941 was 37, and 80 in 2004.

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