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

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The surname Bosshart 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.

In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Bosshart include Bossart, Bosart, Bosarte, Bossarte, Bossard, Bossardt, Bosard, Bosardt, Bossarde, Bosarde and many more.


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

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Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bosshart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlantic. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Bosshart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Ulrich Bosshart, who arrived in Carolina in 1738
  • Heinrich Bosshart, who landed in Carolina in 1738
  • Raeguia Bosshart, who landed in Carolina in 1739
  • Christof Bosshart, who landed in Carolina in 1743

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  • Dominique Bosshart (b. 1977), Swiss-born, Canadian silver and three-time bronze medalist taekwondo athlete


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  2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
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  8. 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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  10. 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).
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The Bosshart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bosshart 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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