Recorded as Bore, Boar, Boor, and the very rare Bor, this is an interesting English surname which has nothing whatsover to do with being either a South-African Dutchman, or a person of boring characteristics. It is however either a medieval nickname for a person who kept pigs and boars from the Olde English pre 7th century word 'bar' or it may be locational for somebody who lived at one of the various villages called Boar Bank in L:ancashire, Boarhunt in Hampshire, or Boars Isle in Kent. There is no indication in any record of an association with the Great Boar of the River Severn in the West Country. The early recordings include Aelimar Bar of Bury St. Edmunds in the county of Suffolk in the year 1095, Godwin Bar of Winton in Hampshire in 1148, whilst the only nickname would seem to be that of Robert le Bor of Berkshire in 1287, or John le Boor of Devon in 1312. Surname spellings have consistently varied over the centuries, as both local dialects and the English language itself has undergone continual change.

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  • Boar — (b[=o]r), n. [OE. bar, bor, bore, AS. b[=a]r; akin to OHG. p[=e]r, MHG. b[=e]r, G. b[ a]r, boar (but not b[ a]r bear), and perh. Russ. borov boar.] (Zo[ o]l.) The uncastrated male of swine; specifically, the wild hog. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • boar — [ bɔr ] (plural boars or boar) noun count 1. ) a male pig 2. ) a WILD BOAR …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • boar — (n.) O.E. bar boar, from W.Gmc. *bairaz (Cf. O.S. ber, Du. beer, O.H.G. ber), of unknown origin with no cognates outside West Germanic. Applied in Middle English to persons of boar like character …   Etymology dictionary

  • boar — [bôr] n. pl. boars or boar [ME bor < OE bar; akin to Ger (dial.) bär, Du beer: only in WGmc] 1. a mature uncastrated male pig 2. WILD BOAR …   English World dictionary

  • boar — BOÁR, boari, s.m. Păstor de boi. [var.: bouár s.m.] – lat. bo(v)arius. Trimis de valeriu, 21.03.2003. Sursa: DEX 98  boár (boári), s.m. – Păstor de boi. lat. boārius sau bovārius (REW 1180; Candrea Dens., 171; DAR); cf …   Dicționar Român

  • boar — boar; boar·ish; …   English syllables

  • boar — ► NOUN (pl. same or boars) 1) (also wild boar) a tusked wild pig. 2) an uncastrated domestic male pig. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • boar — [bo: US bo:r] n [: Old English; Origin: bar] 1.) a wild pig 2.) a male pig …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Boar — Taxobox status = LC status system = iucn3.1 name = Wild Boar fossil range = Early Pleistocene Recent regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Artiodactyla familia = Suidae genus = Sus species = S. scrofa binomial = Sus scrofa …   Wikipedia

  • boar — /bawr, bohr/, n. 1. the uncastrated male swine. 2. See wild boar. adj. 3. South Midland and Southern U.S. (of animals) male, esp. full grown: a boar cat. [bef. 1000; ME boor, OE bar; c. D beer, OHG bêr < WGmc *baira , perh. akin to Welsh baedd] * …   Universalium

  • boar n — Once upon a barren moor There dwelt a bear, also a boar. The bear could not bear the boar. The boar thought the bear a bore. At last the bear could bear no more Of that boar that bored him on the moor, And so one morn he bored the boar That boar… …   English expressions

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