Bossart History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Bossart is derived from a Germanic personal name composed of the German elements "bos," which meant "audacious," and "hard," which meant "hardy" or "brave." Thus, the name no doubt originally referred to a person who was very tough or one who was inclined to fight. Some instances of the Bossart surname are derived from the personal name Burkhart, and the German word boese, which meant "naughty" and "tough."

Early Origins of the Bossart family

The surname Bossart was first found in Westphalia, where the name Bossart became noted for its many branches within the region, where each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In their later history the Bossart family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility.

Important Dates for the Bossart family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bossart research. Another 73 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1538 and 1539 are included under the topic Early Bossart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bossart Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Bossart include Bossart, Bosart, Bosarte, Bossarte, Bossard, Bossardt, Bosard, Bosardt, Bossarde, Bosarde and many more.

Early Notables of the Bossart family (pre 1700)

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Bossart migration to the United States

After 1650, thousands of German settlers came to North America to escape the religious persecution and poverty that wracked Europe and to make the most of the opportunity to own their own land in a new country. They settled across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, and in Canada in Ontario and on the fertile plains of the prairie provinces. Among them:

Bossart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Bossart, who arrived in Virginia in 1700 [1]
  • Balthasar Bossart, age 30, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1735
  • Eliza Bossart, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1737 [1]
  • Barbara Bossart, who settled in Carolina in 1738
  • Jacob Bossart, who landed in America in 1738 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bossart migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bossart Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Beate, Christine, Andreas, Gottfried, Karolina, and Rudolf Bossart all of whom were recorded as having, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Andreas Bossart, aged 52, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Beate Bossart, aged 17, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Christine Bossart, aged 20, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Gottfried Bossart, aged 20, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bossart (post 1700)

  • Karel Jan Bossart (1904-1975), American (Belgian born) pioneering rocket designer, creator of the Atlas ICBM

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
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