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This interesting surname, with variant spellings Bold, Bo(u)lter and Bould, may derive from a number of possible sources. Firstly, it may be of topographical origin for a person who resides at a small farm, from the old Danish element "bol", small farm, found in areas where the Scandinavian influence was particularly strong. The name may perhaps be of English occupational origin denoting a sifter of flour from the Old French "beluter", a sifter of flour (Medieval English "bo(u)lt"). Bolt may also be a metonymic occupational name for a maker of bolts from the Medieval English word "bolt", a bolt or arrow...

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