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Bo Name Meaning

Norwegian (): cognate of Bøe (see Boe ). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 薄 meaning ‘thin’ in Chinese: (i) from Bo (薄) the name of an ancient state (located in the borderline between Henan and Shandong province). (ii) from the placename Bo (薄) the name of a fief (located in the borderline between Henan and Shandong province) granted to an official in the state of Song during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (iii) said to be borne by descendants of Bo Yi (薄疑) a famous person in the state of Wey during the Western Zhou dynasty (1046–771 BC). (iv) said to be borne by descendants of the Bo Gu (薄姑) family nobles during the Shang dynasty (1600 –1046 BC). (v) adopted as a surname by the Bo Xi (薄奚) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). (vi) traced back to the Qiang minority ethnic groups in ancient northwestern China. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 伯 meaning ‘oldest brother’ often used as a personal name with this sense. It comes from the name of Bo Yi (伯益) a famous adviser to Emperor Yao (c. 24th century BC) and Emperor Shun (c. 23rd century BC). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 博 meaning ‘vast’ in Chinese: from the placename Bo (博) an ancient city (located in present-day northeastern Liaocheng in Shandong province). Burmese: from a title for a military officer and also for someone who distinguished himself in the struggle for independence of Burma used as part of the male name proper. — Note: Since Burmese do not have hereditary surnames this name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US. Vietnamese (Bồ): from the Chinese surname 蒲 see Pu 7: Cambodian: written បូរ or បូ corresponding to the Khmer word meaning ‘ribbon; colored headband’.

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


Similar surnames: Bao, Bu, Ba, Mo, So, Boe, Po, Bi, Bos, Ko

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You can see how Bo families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bo family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Bo families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 5 Bo families living in British Columbia. This was about 56% of all the recorded Bo's in Canada. British Columbia had the highest population of Bo families in 1911.
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What did your Bo ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Prof and Trapping And Fishing were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Bo. 53% of Bo men worked as a Prof and 100% of Bo women worked as a Trapping And Fishing. .

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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 1921

  • Prof
    53%
  • Labourer
    18%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Professor
    12%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Trapping And Fishing
    100%
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Between 1962 and 2003, in the United States, Bo life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Bo in 1962 was 51, and 64 in 2003.

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