Bosio History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Lombardy emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Bosio. 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 Bosio family lived in the city of Milan. The Bosio surname is derived from the Latin personal name "Bosius."

Early Origins of the Bosio family

The surname Bosio was first found in 1170, where Consabecco Bossi was part of the Commune of Milan.

Boso (d. 1181?), was the third English cardinal, "described by Cardella as Boso Breakspear, an Englishman by birth, the nephew of Pope Adrian IV, and a monk of the order of St. Benedict. He was a member of the monastery of St. Albans, but went to Rome to follow the fortunes of his uncle." [1]

Early History of the Bosio family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bosio research. More information is included under the topic Early Bosio History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bosio 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 Bosio 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 Bosio 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 (c.1575-1629) was an Italian scholar, the first systematic explorer of subterranean Rome, sometimes known as...
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United States Bosio migration to the United States +

Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bosio or a variant listed above:

Bosio Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adele Bosio, aged 31, who settled in America from Pont Corino, in 1899
Bosio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Amobile Bosio, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Italy, in 1904
  • Angelo Bosio, aged 17, who landed in America from Italy, in 1904
  • Angelo Bosio, aged 44, who settled in America from Basilea, Italy, in 1907
  • Angelo Bosio, aged 34, who immigrated to the United States from Dorno Pavia, Italy, in 1909
  • Benedetto Bosio, aged 29, who landed in America from Torino, Italy, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bosio (post 1700) +

  • Edoardo Bosio (b. 1864), Italian-Swiss football innovator
  • Antonio Bosio (1575-1629), Italian scholar and explorer
  • François Joseph Bosio (1769-1845), French sculptor
  • Chris Bosio (b. 1963), former Major League Baseball pitcher


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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