Usage Scottish Gaelic
Pronounced Pron. Boo-ee, Boo-wee
Other Forms FormsBuie, MacilBowie, MacilBuie, MacilVuy, Bouwie, Bowey, Bouie, Boy, Buy
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Contributor Contrib.N, McL. Bowie on 7/10/2015
Scots Gaelic Bhuidhe or Buidhe meaning "golden yellow". Name was originally Mac Gille Bhuid, meaning "son of the yellow-haired lad". It was shortened to MacilBuie and MacilBowie in the 1600's, and further shortened in the 1700's to Buie and anglicised to Bowie by English speaking census takers and record keepers on the Scottish mainland.