Last name: BOILEAU

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BOILEAU : This last name is indexed 286,756 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

BOILEAU : French: nickname from Old French bois l'eau ‘drink water’ (from the Old French verb boire ‘to drink’ + the definite article l' + eau ‘water’) hence a nickname probably ironic for a heavy drinker or a teetotaler or perhaps for someone who disliked ale (the usual everyday drink in medieval Europe) or wine; compare English Drinkwater. The surname Boileau is also found in Britain. Compare also Bilow and Ballou 2.

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