Last name origins & meanings:
- Altered form of a French (Huguenot) name, probably
Bobeaux, which is unexplained.
- Spanish: nickname
for a sufferer from a speech defect, from Spanish bobo
‘stammering’ (Latin balbus).
(Bobó): from the old secular personal name Bobó.
- The first American bearer of this name on record is Elizabeth Bobo,
who in 1719 received a land grant in King and Queen Co., VA, from the
Proprietors of the VA Company. Sampson Bobo, a Protestant born in
France about 1735, married Sarah Simpson of Caroline Co., VA, and
became the progenitor of a large and prominent southern family. Except
for Revolutionary soldier Joseph Bobo of Prince William Co., VA, the
entire Bobo clan seems to have moved to the counties of Spartanburg
and Laurens, SC, between 1772 and 1792.
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