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The name Bus is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was originally a name for someone who worked as a cooper, someone who made barrels or casks. The surname Bus was originally derived from the Old French word busse, which means cask. [1] Bus is a place name in northern France. [2] From this, some sources extend the meaning to be "dweller at a wood or thicket." [3] [4]

Another source claims the name means "a stount man," and notes " Sivard Buss occurs in Domesday Book and there were Norsemen and Norsewomen called respectively Buss and Bussa. Hence would come the Old Norse bustinn, burly-our name Bustin." [5]

Early Origins of the Bus family

The surname Bus was first found in Norfolk, where Walter Buse was recorded in the Pipe Rolls of 1195. A few years later in 1220, the Curia Regis Rolls for Berkshire recorded Richard Busse. [1]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included entries for Matilda Bus, Oxfordshire; and Robertus Busse, Devon. Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Adam Busse; and Willelmus de Busse. [4]

Early History of the Bus family

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Bus Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bus are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bus include Buss, Busse, Bus, Buse and others.

Early Notables of the Bus family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Robert William Buss (1804-1875), a prominent subject painter. He was born in London on 4 Aug. 1804. He served an apprenticeship with his father, who was an engraver and enameller, and then studied painting under George Clint, A.R.A. For some years he confined himself to painting theatrical portraits, and many of the leading actors of the day sat to him, including Macready, Harley, Buckstone, Miss...
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Bus Ranking

In Netherlands, the name Bus is the 949th most popular surname with an estimated 2,169 people with that name. [6]

United States Bus migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bus or a variant listed above:

Bus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Bus and his wife and daughter Margriet, who arrived in New York in 1709
  • Daniel Bus, who landed in New York in 1709 [7]
  • John Jacob Bus, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1732 [7]
  • John Jacob Bus who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
Bus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francisco Bus, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1850 [7]
  • Eva Bus, aged 29, who arrived in New York in 1854 [7]
  • Jannetje Bus, aged 58, who landed in New York, NY in 1866 [7]
  • Klass Bus, aged 26, who arrived in New York, NY in 1866 [7]
  • Maartje Bus, aged 18, who landed in New York, NY in 1866 [7]
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  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  4. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  6. "Most Common Last Names in Netherlands." Forebears,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook