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Origin and popularity of the name BOYE


Boye : 1: North German and Danish: from an ancient Germanic personal name Boio possibly meaning ‘boy’ (see Boy 1) 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.2: English: variant of Boy a cognate of 1 above.3: Irish and Scottish: variant of Bowie.4: 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.5: French (Boyé): variant of Boyer.6: West African (mainly Senegal): name found among the Wolof people of unexplained etymology.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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