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Bo Name Meaning

Danish and Swedish: patronymic from the personal name Bo ‘farmer’ (see Boe). Chinese : according to legend, some descendants of Shen Nong, a legendary emperor (2734–2697 bc), were granted an area named Bo in modern-day Shandong province, and adopted the place name as their surname. Additionally, an official of the state of Song during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc) was granted a town named Bo in modern-day Henan province, and his descendants also adopted the place name as their surname. The character also means ‘thin’ or ‘slim’, and ‘weak’. Chinese : from the name of Bo Yi, a famous adviser to the model emperors Shun and Yao around 2200 bc. This character also means ‘oldest brother’, and is often used as a personal name with this sense. Vietnamese: unexplained. Other Southeast Asian: unexplained.

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

Similar surnames: Bao, Bu, Ba, Mo, So, Boe, Po, Bi, Bos, Ko

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You can see how Bo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bo family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Bo families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 7 Bo families living in Minnesota. This was about 37% of all the recorded Bo's in the USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Bo families in 1880.
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What did your Bo ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bo. 31% of Bo men worked as a Farmer.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Bo. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 25,000 military records available for the last name Bo. For the veterans among your Bo ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bo lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Bo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Bo in 1962 was 51, and 64 in 2003.

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