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Subject: Re: Boileau
Author: M.Sagani   (guest)
Date: October 6, 2006 at 11:58 AM
Reply to: Boileau by Saw3.5

It is a French surname spread in Northern or Western France especially.
It could be originally an ironical nickname for a person who drinks a lot: litteraly "bois l'eau", "drink water".
But jean Tosti in his site stresses that this surname could derive also from a place name. It should indicate a spring where water is very good to drink or a marshy place. A village called Le Boileau really exists in France.

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  • Boileau - Saw3.5  Oct 6 2006, 5:46 AM
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