Sources state that the Boie or Boje surnames
derived from an earlier given name spelled much the same. For example, a Middle Dutch nickname Boye
means boy or lad
. Sources say that Boje is still used as a personal or given name in Frisia.
An Old Norse origin for the given name Boje
has also been suggested, with the meaning to dwell or to have a household.
The surnames are predominantly Danish, Dutch, English, Frisian and North German
, with Boie or Boje or Boye being variant spellings. It is also found elsewhere in Scandinavia.
A good discussion
of these names and the places of origin for those who came to America is provided by Ancestry.com.