The surname Bosserdt 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 Bosserdt surname are derived from the personal name Burkhart, and the German word boese, which meant "naughty" and "tough."
Early Origins of the Bosserdt family
The surname Bosserdt 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.
Early History of the Bosserdt family
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Bosserdt Spelling Variations
One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Bosserdt include Bossart, Bosart, Bosarte, Bossarte, Bossard, Bossardt, Bosard, Bosardt, Bossarde, Bosarde and many more.
Early Notables of the Bosserdt family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bosserdt family to the New World and Oceana
Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North America. This great migration began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century. Resettlement was particularly attractive to those from Westphalia
as a means of escape from poverty and religious persecution. For many Westphalian
farmers, the chance to own one's own land was also a major incentive. The process of the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlements centered around Ontario and the Prairie provinces. Among them: Jean Bossard arrived in Virginia with his wife and 3 children in 1700; Balthasar Bossart, age 30, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1735; Barbara Bossart settled in Carolina in 1738.