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Where did the English Busse family come from? What is the English Busse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Busse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Busse family history?

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.


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.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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.


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


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


  • 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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The Busse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com 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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