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Boyce Name Meaning

Scottish, northern Irish, and English: topographic name for someone who lived by a wood, from Old French bois ‘wood’. English: patronymic from the Middle English nickname boy ‘lad’, ‘servant’, or possibly from an Old English personal name Boia, of uncertain origin. Examples such as Aluuinus Boi (Domesday Book) and Ivo le Boye (Lincolnshire 1232) support the view that it was a byname or even an occupational name; examples such as Stephanus filius Boie (Northumbria 1202) suggest that it was in use as a personal name in the Middle English period. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Buadhaigh (see Bogue). Anglicized spelling of French Bois, cognate with 1.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Boye, Joyce, Royce, Boyle, Bence, Ponce, Bryce, Noyce, Bosco, Boyte

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Where is the Boyce family from?

You can see how Boyce families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boyce family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boyce families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 965 Boyce families living in London. This was about 23% of all the recorded Boyce's in the UK. London had the highest population of Boyce families in 1891.
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What did your Boyce ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Boyce. 11% of Boyce men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Boyce women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boyce were Retired and Domestic Servant.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    11%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Bricklayer
    5%
  • Retired
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    69%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Domestic Servant
    2%
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Passenger Lists

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Boyce. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 31,000 military records available for the last name Boyce. For the veterans among your Boyce ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boyce lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Boyce life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Boyce in 1940 was 54, and 76 in 2004.

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