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Boyer Name Meaning

Altered spelling of German Bayer or Beyer. German: habitational name for someone from Boye (near Celle-Hannover). English: variant of Bowyer. Danish: habitational name from a place so named. The surname is also found in Norway and Sweden, probably from the same source.

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


Similar surnames: Boye, Bower, Goyer, Boler, Boner, Boyar, Bayer, Boger, Bogen, Royer

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Where is the Boyer family from?

You can see how Boyer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boyer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boyer families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 407 Boyer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Boyer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Boyer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Boyer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Boyer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Boyer. 17% of Boyer men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Boyer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boyer were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    17%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    5%
  • Maid
    5%
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Census Records

There are 265,000 census records available for the last name Boyer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boyer 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 17,000 immigration records available for the last name Boyer. 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 55,000 military records available for the last name Boyer. For the veterans among your Boyer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boyer lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Boyer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Boyer in 1943 was 36, and 76 in 2004.

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