Rhineland was the original home of the name Bussman. Bussman was a local name, a type of hereditary surname that identified people by the places where they lived. Landowners were the first to use local names, often attaching the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from", in some cases as a mark of aristocratic birth. Local names are by far the most common style of German hereditary surname. Bussman was a name for someone who lived at or near an area known for a growth of bushes. Bussman is a topographic surname, a type of name given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties.
Early Origins of the Bussman family
Rhineland, where this family became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.
Early History of the Bussman family
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Bussman Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Bussman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bussman family to the New World and Oceana
Hundreds of thousands of Europeans, including many Rhinelanders, made the voyage to North America between the 17th and 20th centuries. It was an escape from religious persecution and poverty and also an opportunity for people to start over and own their own land. Most landed at Ellis Island, off New York before moving on to the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Illinois, and California. Some also landed in Canada and settled in Ontario, while others headed west to the prairie provinces. A study of passenger and immigration lists has shown a number of people bearing the name of Bussman, or one of its variants, reaching North America shores very early:
Bussman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bussman (post 1700)
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