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This surname dates back to at least the early fifteenth century with a certain Pinu Bugeja being listed on the Militia Roster in 1417.
An Arabic surname connected to the Algerian city of Bejaia (Bougia in Italian), renowned for the manufacture of wax candles (bougies). It could also come from the Sicilian name Bug(g)ea, (probably from the Greek boukaios meaning "cowherd, herdsmen"), or the Sicilian word bbuggia, meaning a "hunter's bag".
Calfs in heraldry are a symbol of generosity, strength and power.
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