Bosco History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Bosco family can trace its noble origins to the Italian region of Piedmont. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adapt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Piedmont is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Bosco family lived near a wood or forest. The word Italian word bosco is the root of this name.
Early Origins of the Bosco family
The surname Bosco was first found in the northern region of Piedmont.
Important Dates for the Bosco family
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Bosco Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Bosco include Bosco, Boschi, Bosca, Busco, Busca, Del Bosco, Boscovich, Boschello, Boscoli, Boschetto, Boschetti, Boschini, Boschin, Boscolo, Boscaro, Boscari, Boascarello, Boscarino, Boscarini, Boscarin, Buscarino, Buscarini, Boscaino, Boscaini, Boscain, Buscaino, Boscariolo, Boscariol, Boscaroli, Boscarol, Boscarato, Boschero, Boschiero, Boschieri, Boschier, Boscherini, Boscaglia, Buscaglia, Buscaglione and many more.
Early Notables of the Bosco family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Alberto Boschetti of Modena, who was an important member of the church during the 12th century; Albertino Boschetti was the Count of San Cesano in 1440; Bernardo di Bosco was the Bishop of Solsona, and became Archbishop of the town in 1460; Baldassare Boschetti of Modena dedicated his life to the church in 1542; Andrea Boscoli was a Florentine painter and is famous for works in the Uffizi gallery in Florence and for works in the Los Angeles Art Museum; Giovanni Boschetto was a priest and musician in Viterbo around 1570; Alfonso Boschi was...
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Bosco migration to the United States
Some of the first North American settlers with Bosco name or one of its variants:
Typical Bosco Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Bosco Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Amleto Bosco, aged 7, who settled in America from Solpaca, Beneonito, in 1907
- Abeto Bosco, aged 20, who arrived in America from Rota Greca, Italy, in 1909
- Alberto Bosco, aged 34, who settled in America from San Vito Lo Capo, Sicily, in 1909
- Alberico Bosco, aged 17, who arrived in America from Arpaita, Italy, in 1910
- Alexandro Bosco, aged 35, who immigrated to America from Monbello, Italy, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bosco (post 1700)
- Philip Bosco (1930-2018), American Daytime Emmy Award winning actor, inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1998
- Anthony Gerard Bosco (1927-2013), American prelate of the Catholic Church, Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg (1987-2004)
- Douglas H. Bosco (b. 1946), American politician, former U.S. Representative from California
- Douglas Harry Bosco (b. 1946), American Democrat politician, Member of California State Assembly, 1979-83; U.S. Representative from California 1st District, 1983-91; Defeated, 1990 
- Henri Bosco (1888-1976), French four-time Nobel Prize in Literature nominated writer
- Juan Bosco Maino Canales (d. 1976), Chilean political activist
- John Bosco Manat Chuabsamai (b. 1935), Catholic bishop of Ratchaburi Diocese, Thailand
- Saint John Bosco (1815-1888), Roman Catholic priest and founder of the Salesian Society
- João Bosco de Freitas Chaves (b. 1964), Brazilian goalkeeper
- João Bosco de Freitas Mucci (b. 1946), Brazilian singer
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