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Boye Name Meaning

North German and Danish: from an ancient Germanic personal name Boio possibly meaning ‘boy’ (see Boy ) or alternatively representing a variant of Bothe with the regular Low German loss of the dental between vowels. This surname is also found in Norway and Sweden. Compare Boie . English: variant of Boy a cognate of 1 above. Irish and Scottish: variant of Bowie . Norwegian (Bøye): variant of Bøje a habitational name from the farm name Bøje in the province of Oppland the dative plural case of Old Norse bǿr ‘farmstead’. Compare Boyer . French (Boyé): variant of Boyer . West African (mainly Senegal): name found among the Wolof people of unexplained etymology.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Boyce, Bode, Boe, Bye, Boyer, Bone, Bole, Moye, Bose, Boie

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Where is the Boye family from?

You can see how Boye families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boye family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boye families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Boye family living in Alabama. This was about 20% of all the recorded Boye's in USA. Alabama and 4 other states had the highest population of Boye families in 1840.
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What did your Boye ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Boye. 17% of Boye men worked as a Laborer and 13% of Boye women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boye were Truck Driver and Servant. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Servant
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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Boye. 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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There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Boye. For the veterans among your Boye ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boye lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Boye life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1984. The average life expectancy for Boye in 1957 was 58, and 72 in 2004.

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