Boer Family History

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Boer Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: occupational name for a farmer, from Middle Low German bur ‘dweller’, ‘citizen’, ‘neighbor’, ‘farmer’ (see Bauer).

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

Similar surnames: Beer, Baer, Boger, Bier, Boker, Boner, Boe, Borer, Bower, Mohr

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Boer Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Boer name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Boer Family Origin

Where is the Boer family from?

Boer Family Occupations

What did your Boer ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Boer occupation in the USA was Farmer. 19% of Boer's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Boer family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and ...Business were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Boer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • ...Business

  • Carpenter


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

Boer Historical Records

What Boer family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 17,000 census records available for the last name Boer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boer 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 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Boer. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Boer. For the veterans among your Boer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Boer Life Expectancy

What is the average Boer lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Boer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Boer in 1960 was 40, and 81 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Boer

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Boer 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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