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This unusual and interesting surname recorded in many spellings (see below) is medieval English but of pre 10th century French origins. It is a diminutive of the Olde French "bouvre", and describes a short haired coarse wooven reddish-brown cloth worn by monks and friars in the main, and probably associated with the famous Flemish Weavers of the period. Thus, the name is either an occupational name for a worker in the wollen trade, possibly a wool carder, or alternatively it describes a person who habitually dressed in clothes of this colour.

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