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

Bosshard Early Origins



The surname Bosshard 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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Bosshard Spelling Variations


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

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Bosshard Early History


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Bosshard Early History



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

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Bosshard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bosshard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bosshard 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:

Bosshard Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Bosshard, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1740

Bosshard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Elizabeth Bosshard, aged 16, landed in New York in 1868
  • Hans H Bosshard, aged 14, landed in New York in 1868
  • Henry Bosshard, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1868
  • Maria Bosshard, aged 9, landed in New York in 1868
  • Rudolf Bosshard, aged 12, arrived in New York in 1868
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bosshard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bosshard (post 1700)



  • Otto Bosshard, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate, 1911-16
  • John Bosshard, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1964
  • Walter Bosshard (1892-1975), Swiss photographer and reporter
  • Rudolf Bosshard (1890-1924), Swiss bronze medalist rower at the 1924 Summer Olympics

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    4. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    5. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bosshard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bosshard 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 January 2016 at 11:57.

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