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Boff Name Meaning

English: from Old French boeuf ‘bull’, a nickname for a powerfully built man. In some cases it may have been originally a metonymic occupational name for a herdsman. Compare Bouvier. German (Böff): from the short form of a Germanic personal name with bod- (Old Saxon bodo ‘messenger’), as in Bodo.

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


Similar surnames: Buff, Off, Koff, Bolt, Hoff, Bow, Goff, Boss, Huff, Boot

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Where is the Boff family from?

You can see how Boff families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boff family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boff families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 4 Boff families living in Quebec. This was about 57% of all the recorded Boff's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Boff families in 1911.
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What did your Boff ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Boff. 20% of Boff men worked as a Laborer and 32% of Boff women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boff were Miner and Saleslady.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    13%
  • Miner
    10%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    32%
  • Stenographer
    19%
  • Typist
    13%
  • Saleslady
    13%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Boff. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Boff 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 579 immigration records available for the last name Boff. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 555 military records available for the last name Boff. For the veterans among your Boff ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boff lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Boff life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1969, and highest in 1967. The average life expectancy for Boff in 1951 was 39, and 75 in 2004.

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