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SOURCE: Other & Nickname
OTHER FORMS: Beaufort
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 6/10/2016
Meaning & History
English: most probably a variant of Beaufort
Possibly an Anglicized spelling of French Buffard
, which is from Old French bouffard
, a term which meant ‘puffing and blowing’, hence an unflattering nickname for an irascible or self-important man.