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From the ancient and picturesque Italian region of Lombardy emerged a variety of distinguished names, including the notable surname Bussa. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they are characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. Although the most traditional type of family name found in the region of Lombardy is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name, local surnames are also found. Local names, which are the least frequent of the major types of surnames found in Italy, are derived from a place-name where the original bearer once resided or held land. Often Italian local surnames bore the prefix "di," which signifies emigration from one place to another, but does not necessarily denote nobility. The Bussa family lived in the city of Milan. The Bussa surname is derived from the Latin personal name "Bosius."

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The surname Bussa was first found in 1170, Consabecco Bossi was part of the Commune of Milan.

Enormous variation in spelling and form characterizes those Italian names that originated in the medieval era. This is caused by two main factors: regional tradition, and inaccuracies in the recording process. Before the last few hundred years, scribes spelled names according to their sounds. Spelling variations were the unsurprising result. The variations of Bussa include Bosio, Bsio, Bsia, Bso, Bosia, Boso, Bsi, Bosi, Busio, Buosio, Busi, Buosi, Bosich, Bosèlli, Bosèllo, Boselli, Bosello, Bosè, Bose, Bosetti, Bosètti, Bosini, Bosìn, Bosin, Bosinèlli, Bosinelli, Bostti, Bosotti, Bosni, Bosoni, Bosne, Bosone, Bosani, Bosèro, Bosero, Bossa, Bossi and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bussa research. More information is included under the topic Early Bussa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 241 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bussa Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bussa family to immigrate North America: Charles Bossa, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1855.

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  • Homer E. Bussa, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1972


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