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Origins Available: English, German

Busse is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a cooper, someone who made barrels or casks. The surname Busse was originally derived from the Old French word busse, which means cask. The surname may have also been a nickname for someone with a well-rounded belly or someone with the ability to drink the entire contents of a cask.


The surname Busse was first found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Busse has appeared include Buss, Busse, Bus, Buse and others.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Busse research. Another 466 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1195, 1220, 1273, 1379, 1500, 1771, 1804, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Busse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


More information is included under the topic Early Busse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Busse arrived in North America very early:

Busse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Georg Busse, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Witten Busse, who landed in Maryland in 1672

Busse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Busse, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Joachim Busse, who landed in New York, NY in 1731-1751
  • Elizabeth Busse, who arrived in New York, NY in 1731-1751
  • Hans Ulrich Busse, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1749

Busse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christoph Busse, who landed in America in 1845
  • Dorothea Busse, age 28, who settled in New York in 1851
  • F Busse, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Valentin Busse, who arrived in America in 1853
  • Sophia Busse, aged 6, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1854
  • ...

  • William Busse (b. 1864), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1908 (alternate), 1916, 1924 (alternate), 1932, 1940, 1944; Village President of Mt. Prospect, Illinois, 1925
  • Ralph E. Busse, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Chesterton, Indiana, 1931-36
  • Fred A. Busse (1866-1914), American Republican politician, Illinois State Treasurer, 1903-05; Member of Illinois Republican State Committee, 1905; Postmaster at Chicago, Illinois, 1905-07; Mayor of Chicago, Illinois, 1907-11
  • Earl Busse, American politician, Mayor of Arcadia, California, 1932
  • Charles T. Busse, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives 29th District, 1998
  • Ewald William Busse, American psychiatrist
  • Fred Busse, American politician, mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1907-1911)
  • Henry Busse (1894-1955), German Jazz trumpet player
  • Theodor Busse (1897-1986), German army General in the Wehrmacht Army in World War II

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    Other References

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    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    The Busse Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Busse 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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