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Bu Family History

Bu Name Meaning

Norwegian: variant of Bo. Chinese : this character means ‘to divine’ or ‘to predict’. In ancient China there existed government officials for fortune-telling. In honor of their forebears, the descendants of several such officials adopted Bu as their surname. Chinese : from the town of Bu in the state of Jin (in present-day Shaanxi province) during the Spring and Autumn period (722–481 bc). Descendants of a man who was enfeoffed with this area subsequently adopted the place name as their surname. This character also means ‘a (walking) step’.

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


Similar surnames: Bo, Yu, Lu, Fu, Gu, Wu, Qu, Ou, Hu, Xu

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Where is the Bu family from?

You can see how Bu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bu family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Bu families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 3 Bu families living in California. This was about 25% of all the recorded Bu's in the USA. California and 2 other states had the highest population of Bu families in 1880.
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What did your Bu ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Bu. 85% of Bu women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties.

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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.

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    100%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    85%
  • Domestic Servant
    16%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Bu. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bu 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bu. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Bu. For the veterans among your Bu ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bu lifespan?

Between 1968 and 2003, in the United States, Bu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Bu in 1968 was 53, and 86 in 2003.

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