Subject: Re: Booby (this isn't spam!)
Author: Jim Young   (guest)
Date: March 13, 2007 at 6:51 AM
Reply to: Booby (this isn't spam!) by Lora

The ancestry website does have a UK distribution map for this name though it gives no meaning. I notice that the stronghold of the name is Somerset, as it is for the similar surname, Boobyer. This last derives from a Devon place name, Bowebear. Could Booby be a shortened form of Boobyer?
A couple of other possibilities -
Boothby, a Northern English place name. Reaney and Wilson cite an instance of a man named Hugo de Boebi in 1190, who is called Hugo de Boothby in 1205. The fact that is is a Northern name and Booby belongs to the south-west makes this a less likely prospect in my opinion.
Bouby, a French surname that may denote someone with a speech impediment.

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