Bosse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Bosse family are found in the ancient German state of Bavaria. Bosse is one of the most common styles of German surname, that of patronymics and metronymics - names derived from the given names of the father or mother of their original bearers. Bosse is derived from the medieval name Boss, a frequent shortening of the personal name Burkhard. In medieval times, given names were frequently abbreviated as terms of affection and endearment. This Germanic personal name was also associated with the German word boese, which meant naughty and tough. Thus, the name referred to a person who was very tough or one who was inclined to fight.

Early Origins of the Bosse family

The surname Bosse was first found in Westphalia, where the name Bosse was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society of early Europe. The family would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

Early History of the Bosse family

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Bosse Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Bosse, Bosses, Bauss, Bausse, Bausses, Boss, von Bosse, Boesse and many more.

Early Notables of the Bosse family (pre 1700)

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Bosse World Ranking

In the United States, the name Bosse is the 10,386th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1] However, in Quebec, Canada, the name Bosse is ranked the 508th most popular surname. [2] And in France, the name Bosse is the 3,236th popular surname with an estimated 2,000 - 2,500 people with that name. [3]


United States Bosse migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bosse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Samwell Bosse, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [4]
  • Ralph Bosse, who arrived in Maryland in 1658 [4]
  • William Bosse who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • William Bosse, who arrived in Maryland in 1663 [4]
  • Mr Bosse, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [4]
Bosse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francois Bosse, who landed in Jamestown, Va in 1700 [4]
  • Job Bosse, who arrived in Virginia in 1702
  • Job Bosse, who landed in Virginia in 1702 [4]
  • Susan Bosse, who arrived in Virginia in 1725 [4]
  • Johannes Bosse, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1747 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bosse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johann Gotfried Bosse, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1802 [4]
  • Gerd Herm Bosse, who arrived in America in 1813-1820 [4]
  • Fr W Bosse, aged 28, who arrived in America in 1814 [4]
  • John Bosse, who arrived in New York in 1831 [4]
  • Cath M Bosse, who landed in America in 1841 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bosse migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Etienne Bosse, son of Louis and Anne, who married Marie-Geneviève Gravelle, daughter of Augustin and Élisabeth, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 25th October 1734 [5]
  • Jean-Baptiste Bosse, son of Louis and Anne, who married Marie-Madeleine Bernier, daughter of Charles and Marie-Anne, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 23rd November 1734 [5]
  • Jean Bosse, son of Pierre and Jeanne, who married Madeleine Pelletier, daughter of Jean-Baptiste and Angélique-Marguerite, in Saint-Thomas, Quebec on 8th November 1762 [5]
  • Louis Bosse, son of Jean and Anne, who married Anne Bouchard, daughter of Nicolas and Anne, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 14th February 1692 [5]
  • Pierre Bosse, son of Louis and Anne, who married Marie-Charlotte Richard, daughter of François and Marie-Charlotte, in Cap-Saint-Ignace, Quebec on 2nd April 1742 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bosse (post 1700) +

  • Henry Peter Bosse (1844-1903), Prussian/German-American photographer, cartographer and cartoonist
  • W. H. Bosse, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Madison County Democratic Party, 1940 [6]
  • Virginia M. Bosse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kentucky, 1972; Candidate for Kentucky State Senate 19th District, 1979 [6]
  • Virginia C. Bosse, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 2008 [6]
  • Richard Bosse, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1964 [6]
  • Grace C. Bosse, American Republican politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Haven, 1940, 1948 [6]
  • Gilbert Bosse, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1928 [6]
  • Fred M. Bosse, American Democratic Party politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 128th District; Elected unopposed 1992, 1994, 1996; Elected 1998; Elected unopposed 2000 [6]
  • Benjamin Bosse (1875-1922), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, 1914-22; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1916 [6]
  • Georges Bossé, Canadian politician, Mayor Verdun
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Werner Bosse (1920-1941), German Matrosengefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [7]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://statistique.quebec.ca/fr/document/noms-de-famille-au-quebec/tableau/les-1-000-premiers-noms-de-famille-selon-le-rang-quebec
  3. ^ http://www.journaldesfemmes.com/nom-de-famille/nom/
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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