The Bua or Boua was an Albanian noble family."The despots Gjin Buia Spata and Peter Liosha were recognized by Symeon Uroš in 1359–1360 as rulers in Epirus and Aetolia. According to G. Schirò, "Bua" originated as a surname or as a given name perhaps derived from the diminutive form of Benedetto. Another possible derivation is from Albanian bua, "buffalo". It was not kin with the earlier Spata family. Meksi family is believed to be the main branch of Bua family.