From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Lombardy
emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Bosi. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt 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 Lombardy
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 Bosi family lived in the city of Milan. The Bosi surname is derived from the Latin personal name
Early Origins of the Bosi family
The surname Bosi was first found in 1170, Consabecco Bossi was part of the Commune of Milan.
Early History of the Bosi family
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Bosi 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 Bosi include Bosio, Bsio, Bsia, Bso, Bosia, Boso, Bsi, Bosi, Busio, Buosio, Busi, Buosi, Bosich, Bosèlli, Bosèllo, Boselli, Bosello, Bosè, Bose, Bosetti, Bosètti, Bosini, Bosìn, Bosin, Bosinèlli, Bosinelli, Bostti, Bosotti, Bosni, Bosoni, Bosne, Bosone, Bosani, Bosèro, Bosero, Bossa, Bossi and many more.
Early Notables of the Bosi family (pre 1700)
Prominent among bearers of this family in early times was Iacopo Bosio, a Canavese author and poet born in the 15th century; Tomaso Bosio was a knight in Asti around this time; Giacomo Bosio was a knight in Chivasso around 1544; Tommaso Bosio was Bishop of Modena in 1555; Antonio Bosio... Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bosi Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bosi family to the New World and Oceana
Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bosi or a variant listed above:
Bosi Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Francisco Bosi, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1860 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Bosi Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ovidio Bosi, aged 27, originally from Sillano, Italy, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Cherbourg, France CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HW-V5Q : 6 December 2014), Ovidio Bosi, 10 Sep 1920; citing departure port Cherbourg, France, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- Sigismondo Bosi, aged 35, originally from Coreglia, Lucca, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "F. Palasciano" from Genoa, Italy CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HZ-B4F : 6 December 2014), Sigismondo Bosi, 14 Dec 1920; citing departure port Genoa, arrival port New York, ship name F. Palasciano, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Contemporary Notables of the name Bosi (post 1700)
- Stefano Bosi (b. 1954), former Italian table tennis player, current President of the European Table Tennis Union (ETTU)
- Maria Bosi Igorov (b. 1954), Romanian handball player at the 1976 Summer Olympics
- Claude Bosi (b. 1972), French chef; he currently holds two Michelin stars at his restaurant Hibiscus in London
- Alfredo Bosi (b. 1936), Brazilian historian, literary critic, and professor