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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Bu Family Origin

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Bu Family Occupations

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  • Farm Laborer

    25%
  • Farmer

    25%
  • Keeping Wash House

    25%
  • Minister Lutheran

    25%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bu family was Minister Lutheran. Farm Laborer, Farmer and Keeping Wash House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bu. The most common Bu occupation in the USA was Farm Laborer. 25% of Bu's were Farm Laborers.

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Between 1968 and 2003, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Bu

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