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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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Where is the Boer family from?

You can see how Boer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Boer families living in Ohio. This was about 67% of all the recorded Boer's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Boer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Boer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Boer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Boer. 27% of Boer men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Boer women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boer were Farm Laborer and Teacher.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Teacher
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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.

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