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Boe Family History

Boe Name Meaning

Swedish (Boé): from bo ‘farm’, ‘dwelling’ + the ornamental suffix -é. Respelling of Norwegian Bø or Bøe, a topographic name from Old Norse býr ‘farm’. Danish: from Bo, a derivative of the Nordic personal name Bui. Dutch and North German: reduced form of Bode, originally pronounced as two syllables. Frisian (Böe): from the personal name Boye.

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


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 the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Boe families living in Kentucky. This was about 50% of all the recorded Boe's in the USA. Kentucky had the highest population of Boe families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Boe surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Boe ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Boe. 22% of Boe men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Boe women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boe were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    22%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    16%
  • Waitress
    12%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Boe. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boe census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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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 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 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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