Family name origins & meanings
- German : metonymic occupational name for an archer, bowman, or bow maker, from Middle High German boge ‘bow’.
- Jewish (Ashkenazic) : ornamental name from German (Regen)bogen‘rainbow’ or from German Bogen (Yiddish boigen) ‘arch’, ‘bow’.
- Norwegian : habitational name from any of various farmsteads, so named with Old Norse bugr (see Boge) + the definite article -en.
- Perhaps also an altered spelling of Irish Bogan.