Family name origins & meanings
- German (Böhl(e)) : patronymic from a pet form of a personal name composed of the Germanic elements bald ‘bold’, ‘hardy’, ‘strong’ + win ‘friend’. Compare Baldwin.
- North German : variant of Bohle 1.
- North German : topographic for someone who lived by a boardwalk, from Middle Low German bōle (f.) ‘plank’, ‘beam’.