Bois Family History

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Bois Name Meaning

French: topographic name for someone living or working in a wood, from Old French bois ‘wood’ (Late Latin boscum ‘bush’, ‘shrub’, ‘undergrowth’, of Germanic origin). Compare the much more frequent form Dubois.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Bos, Buis, Boss, Lois, Boris, Blois, Bors, Bonis, Bass, Doris

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Bois Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Bois name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bois. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    32%

  • France

    23%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    20%

  • Germanic Europe

    6%

  • Sweden

    2%

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Bois Family Origin

Where is the Bois family from?

Bois Family Occupations

What did your Bois ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Bois family was Retired Merchant. The most common Bois occupation in the UK was Farmer. 43% of Bois's were Farmers. Farmer, Annuitant and Clerk In American Merchants Off were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bois.

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  • Farmer

    43%
  • Annuitant

    14%
  • Clerk In American Merchants Off

    14%
  • Retired Merchant

    14%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Bois ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Bois Historical Records

What Bois family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 28,000 census records available for the last name Bois. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bois census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Bois. 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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Draft Card

There are 10,000 military records available for the last name Bois. For the veterans among your Bois ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bois Life Expectancy

What is the average Bois lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Bois life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Bois in 1960 was 51, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bois

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Bois ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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