This interesting name is of French Huguenot origin, being first recorded in England in the mid 17th Century. The name is a form of patronymic French "Bois" meaning "wood" and a shortened for of "Garcon", a son, the "English" form being "Woodeson". In the modern idiom the surname has several spelling variants including Bossom, Bossons, Bosence, Bosson and is well recorded in England. The development of the surname includes John Buzine, christened at the Threadneedle Street Huguenot Church on April 8th 1641, Andrew Bosson who married Mary Robbins at All Hallows Church, London Wall on May 14th 1712 and Thomas Boyson, a witness at St.Botolphs without Aldgate on February 4th 1789. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Charles Buzein, which was dated 1635, a witness at St. Martins-in-the-Field, Westminster, during the reign of King Charles 1, known as "The Martyr", 1625 - 1649. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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