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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Polish, Ukrainian, and Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic) : from Polish bugaj, Ukrainian bugay ‘ox’, ‘bull’, hence a nickname for a big and vigorous man. The Polish word bugaj also means ‘bend in a river’; in some instances the surname may therefore be topographical.

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