The surname Bozzell was first found in Genoa (Italian: Genova). Early records revealed Ludovico Bozzuto of Naples, was the archbishop of the city around 1360; Giovanni Bozzuto was a soldier in Naples in 1384; and Giovanni Battista Bozzola was an editor in Brescia during the 15th century.
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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Bozzell include Bozzo, Bozzano, Bozino, Bozio, Bozza, Bozzola, Bozzuto, Bozzuta, Bozzelli, Bozelli, Bozzolo, Bozomo, Bozzachi, Bozzetta and many more.
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bozzell arrived in North America very early: Augustino Bozzano, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1878; Francesco Bozzelli, aged 29, who arrived at Ellis Island
from Vasto, Italy, in 1916.