Booth \bo(o)-th\ as a boy's name is of Middle English and Scandinavian origin, and the meaning of Booth is "dwelling place". Originally given to someone who lived in a small hut or bothy, the typical dwelling place of a cowherd or shepherd. Surname used in the 19th century as a first name, probably due to Salvation Army founder William Booth. Made famous in America by Lincoln's assassin John Wilkes Booth. Author Booth Tarkington.