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This interesting name, generally found recorded in Northern England, is of early medieval English origin, and is locational from a place so called, formerly in North Yorkshire and now in county Durham. The placename is derived from the Middle English (1200 - 1500) word "boges", which means "the arches of a bridge"; thus, "a dweller at the bridge with arches". Locational surnames, such as this, were usually acquired by a local landowner, or by the lord of the manor, and especially by those former inhabitants of a place who had moved to another area, usually in search of work, and were thereafter best identified by the name of their birthplace.

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