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Buis Name Meaning

French: from French buis ‘box (tree)’, in any of a number of possible applications. It may have been a topographic name for someone who lived by a box thicket, or a metonymic occupational name for a worker in the wood (see Box). Dutch: patronymic from the Germanic personal name Buso, Boso.

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


Similar surnames: Buss, Bois, Duis, Guise, Buza, Muns, Luis, Ris, Ours, Bass

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Where is the Buis family from?

You can see how Buis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Buis family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Buis families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 14 Buis families living in Ontario. This was about 82% of all the recorded Buis's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Buis families in 1911.
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What did your Buis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Buis. 29% of Buis men worked as a Farmer and 16% of Buis women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Buis were Farming and Secretary.

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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

  • Farmer
    29%
  • Laborer
    21%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Farming
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Housework
    12%
  • Saleslady
    12%
  • Secretary
    12%
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Census Records

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Buis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Buis 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 849 immigration records available for the last name Buis. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Buis. For the veterans among your Buis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Buis lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Buis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1992. The average life expectancy for Buis in 1957 was 48, and 79 in 2004.

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