Bove Family History
Bove Name Meaning
Italian and Catalan (Bové): from Italian bove, Catalan bové ‘ox’ (from Latin bos, genitive bovis), applied as a metonymic occupational name for a plowman or herdsman or as a nickname for someone thought to resemble an ox in some way, for example in being fat or patient. Danish: nickname from bouæ ‘villain’, ‘wretch’, or from the old personal name Bovi.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press