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This is an English name of some antiquity and is an occupational surname for a maker or seller of bows, an important and respected profession in medieval England. The text of the Chester Mystery Play mentions the guilds and companies that took part, among them the "Boyeres, Flechers and Stringeres", the "Historical English Dictionary" quotes "Every boier make... two bowes of elme". The derivation is from Olde English pre 7th Century "boga", from "bugar" to bend, Middle English "bow, and "boiwyere".

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