Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.
  • An immigrant from the Perigord region of France was variously documented in Champlain, Quebec, in 1670, as Buy, Bouy, or Lebuis, with the secondary surname Lavergne.