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The surname Bossert 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 Bossert surname are derived from the personal name Burkhart, and the German word boese, which meant "naughty" and "tough."

Bossert Early Origins



The surname Bossert 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.

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Bossert Spelling Variations


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Bossert 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 Bossert include Bossart, Bosart, Bosarte, Bossarte, Bossard, Bossardt, Bosard, Bosardt, Bossarde, Bosarde and many more.

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Bossert Early History


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Bossert Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bossert research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1746, 1538 and 1539 are included under the topic Early Bossert History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bossert Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bossert Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bossert Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Germans emigrated across the Atlantic to seek better lives in North Ameri ca. 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:

Bossert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Bossert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1729
  • Jakob Bossert, who arrived in America in 1729
  • Balteer Bossert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1735
  • Michael Bossert, who arrived in America in 1751
  • Johannes Bossert, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bossert (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bossert (post 1700)



  • W. Max Bossert (1906-1990), American football coach and politician, Republican member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives
  • Louis Bossert, American lumber magnate who lived in Brooklyn, builder of Hotel Bossert once known as "the Waldorf-Astoria of Brooklyn"
  • Otto Richard Bossert (1874-1919), German portrait painter
  • André Robert Bossert (b. 1963), Swiss professional golfer

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    3. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    5. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Bossert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bossert Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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