Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • North German and Frisian : from the Old Frisian personal name Beyo or Boy(e) (see Boye).
  • French : habitational name from any of the places so named, in Ain, Meurthe-et-Moselle, or Saône-et-Loire.
  • French (Burgundy) : topographic name for someone who lived by a mill stream.
  • Muslim : from beg ‘bey’, a Turkish title of respect. Compare Baig.