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Boe Surname Meaning

Norwegian (Bøe): topographic name from an early variant of Old Norse býr ‘farm’. In North America this surname is also an altered form of the variant (see Bo ). Danish: from Bo a derivative of the Nordic personal name Bui ‘settled farmer’ (Old Norse u is pronounced o) derived from bu ‘to live in a place’. Swedish (Böe): of Norwegian origin (see 1 above). Dutch and North German: shortened form of Bode originally pronounced as two syllables. Scottish: from a much shortened Scots form of Bullock perhaps influenced by Gaelic ‘cow’. English: variant of Bow 7: Irish: possibly from Ó Buadhaigh ‘descendant of the victorious one’ see Bogue and Bow

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

Similar surnames: Boen, Bode, Bye, Bos, Boye, Bole, Bo, Moe, Bow, Noe

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Where is the Boe family from?

You can see how Boe families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boe family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boe families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 21 Boe families living in Durham. This was about 24% of all the recorded Boe's in United Kingdom. Durham had the highest population of Boe families in 1891.
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What did your Boe ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Carpenter and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Boe. 100% of Boe men worked as a Carpenter and 100% of Boe women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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 1939

  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Boe. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Boe. For the veterans among your Boe ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boe lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Boe life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Boe in 1944 was 24, and 77 in 2004.

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