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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Bolton

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From Old English bolt-tun, “settlement within a dwelling”, ultimately from Old English bold, blod, bolt, botl (“house, dwelling-place, mansion, hall, castle, temple”), + tun, (“enclosure, homestead, town”).

  1. A town in Greater Manchester, England.

Notable Persons Named Bolton

Bolton was born on August 5th, 1854 in Ireland. He breathed his last breath on December 10th, 1938.


Bolton was born on November 27th, 1864. Bolton is also known as Brown and Bolton Coit. He died on September 15th, 1936.


Bolton was born on January 30th, 1840. He breathed his last breath on December 15th, 1924.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Bolton

Michael Bolton is a pop rock and adult contemporary music singer, songwriter, musician, and singing. He has had major accomplishments since 1975. Michael was given the name Michael Bolotin on February 26th, 1953 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.



John R. Bolton is a 25th United States Ambassador to the United Nations, 3rd Under Secretary of State for Arms Control, International Security Affairs, and 18th Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs. John was born on November 20th, 1948 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States.



Deirdre Bolton is a journalist, news presenter, and news anchor. Deirdre was born on June 1st, 1964 in Newtown, PA, U.S.


John Bolton is a comics creator.


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Popularity of Bolton as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bolton U.S.
  White 73.52% 64.26%
  African American 20.94% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.54% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.52% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.10% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.40% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bolton

People with the last name Bolton are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bolton

  • How Popular is the name Bolton? Bolton is the 29,658th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bolton was the 1,068th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bolton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 163 babies born with the first name Bolton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bolton to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bolton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1905 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Bolton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bolton is Saturday, January 24th, 1885.
  • What year had the most people named Bolton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bolton was in 2017 with a total of 15 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Bolton: Your name in reverse order is Notlob. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ontolb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bolton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 32,815 people with the last name Bolton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bolton? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 11 of them will have Bolton as their last name.

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