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Origins of the Booth surname

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What does the name Booth mean?

The Booth surname is English and Scottish, believed to have arrived in Britain from the Viking settlement of the country in the 800s, and has been found in records dating back to as early as the 1200s. It is geographic in nature, relating to the Middle English 'bothe' and Old Norse 'Buth' (hut, cottage or small barn), describing someone who lived in or near one of these buildings. This name is particularly popular in the North of England, which perhaps gives further indication that the origin of the Booth surname is Scandinavian.

Alternative variations of the name Booth

Booth, Boothe, Boode, Boote, Bouthe

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Where do most Booths live?

In 1921, most Booths lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Booths

How common is your surname?

106th most common surname in the UK

We have 302,000 records for the Booth surname. The oldest one dates back to 1300.

Who were Booths most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Booth first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Booths

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Booths in 1921
Cotton Weaver






Domestic Servant


House Keeper


Common Male occupations for Booths in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer




Coal Miner Hewer


Agricultural Labourer


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