This interesting and unusual name may be a variant of "Bos", which derives from a Germanic personal name, "Boso", which itself comes from an element, meaning audacious, reckless, daring, hence the personal name was probably a nickname for a particularly daring person. The name may also in some cases be a shortened form of "bouzanquet" meaning "dwarf", a South French dialectal term of Huguenot origin. Many names of French dialectal term of Huguenot origin. Many names of French Huguenot origin arrived in England with French Huguenots, fleeing religious persecution in the late 16th and end of the 17th Centuries. Jean and David Bosanquet, Huguenot refugees, from Lunel in Languedoc introduced this name to England in 1685. The London church Registers record the christening of thomas, son of charles and Mary Boozan on September 17th 1629, at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, and the christening of Anne Buzine here also on July 28th 1702. One Jeanne Bouzain married Nicholas Bourgeois on November 24th 1704, in Deville, Ardennes. John Bozon the son of Frederick and Elizabeth Bozan was christened on February 8th 1837, at St. John the Baptist, Shoreditch, London. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Joan Bossen christened, which was dated December 26th 1560, at St. Martin Orgar and St. Clement Eastcheap, London, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, "Good Queen Bess", 1558 - 1603. 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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