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Bu Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from a farm named with Old Norse ‘farmstead; livestock’ or búth ‘small house hut’. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 卜 meaning ‘astrologer fortune-teller diviner’ in ancient Chinese: (i) from the post names Bu Ren (卜人) or Bu Shi (卜筮) the title of astrologers who performed divination in ancient China. (ii) borne by descendants of the younger brother of Tai Kang (the 3rd king of the Xia dynasty (2070–1600 BC)). (iii) borne by descendants of Teng Shuxiu a son of the virtuous King Wen of Zhou (1152–1056 BC). (iv) adopted as a surname by the Xu Bu (須卜) family from the Huns during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 步 meaning ‘steps’ in Chinese: (i) from the placename Bu (步) the name of a fief (located in Shanxi province) granted to an official in the state of Jin during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). (ii) adopted as the surname by the Bu Lu Gen (步鹿根) family from the Xianbei ethnic group in northern China during the Northern Wei dynasty (386–534 AD). Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 布 meaning ‘cloth’ in Chinese: (i) from the first element of the personal name Bu Zi (布子) an official who lived in the state of Zhao during the Warring States period (475–221 BC) who was noted for his gift of choosing strong horses. (ii) shortened form of the Chinese surname Gu-Bu (姑布). (iii) a surname of the king of the state of Kucha(or Kuche) a Buddhist kingdom in northwestern China during the Tang dynasty (618–907 AD). (iv) borne by descendants of some refugees at the end of the Qin dynasty (221–206 BC) who fled to southern China and changed their original surnames to Bu (布) in a wish for a good life with good clothing. Chinese: Mandarin form of the surname 補 meaning ‘supplement’ in Chinese: from Bu (補) the name of an ancient state (possibly located in present-day Henan province) annexed by the state of Zheng during the Spring and Autumn period (770–476 BC). Chinese: Teochew form of the surname 巫 see Wu

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bo, Yu, Lu, Fu, Gu, Wu, Qu, Ou, Hu, Xu

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You can see how Bu families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bu family name was found in the USA, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Bu families were found in USA in 1880. In 1861 there was 1 Bu family living in Stirlingshire. This was 100% of all the recorded Bu's in Scotland. Stirlingshire had the highest population of Bu families in 1861.
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What did your Bu ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bu. 100% of Bu men worked as a General Labourer and 85% of Bu women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. .

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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

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Domestic Servant
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Between 1968 and 2003, in the United States, Bu life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1993. The average life expectancy for Bu in 1968 was 53, and 86 in 2003.

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