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The ancient German region of the Rhineland was the original home of the ancestors of the Bossman surname. Bossman was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, and they often attached the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from," to the surname. Often, the use of "von" was a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Bossman was a name for someone who lived at or near an area known for a growth of bushes. Bossman is a topographic surname, a type of name given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.

Bossman Early Origins



The surname Bossman was first found in the Rhineland, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.

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Bossman Spelling Variations


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Bossman 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 Bossman include Buschmann, Buschman, Buschmanne, Buschmane, Bushmann, Bushman, Boschman, Boschmann, Boschmanne, Boschmane, Boshman, Boshmann, Bueschmann, Bueschman, Bueschmanne, Bueshman, Bueshmann and many more.

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Bossman Early History


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Bossman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bossman research. Another 165 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bossman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bossman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bossman Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bossman 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



Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Bossman, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:

Bossman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Bossman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bossman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bossman (post 1700)



  • Jacob Bossman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 2008

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    5. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    6. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Bossman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bossman 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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