For most of the Hobbits' family names, Tolkien has translated the original form into something more recognisable in English, based on the original meaning of the name. In a few cases, though, the original Hobbit name is close enough to a familiar English name that could be used directly. Bophîn is an example of this: rather than translate it by meaning, it has simply had its spelling updated to reflect the existing English surname 'Boffin'.
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