This interesting name is of early medieval French origin, and is a good example of that large group of early European surnames that were created from nicknames. These distinguishing bynames were given in the first instance with reference to a variety of characteristics, such as physical attributes or peculiarities, mental and moral characteristics, supposed resemblance to an animal or bird's appearance or disposition, habit or dress, and occupation. The name Le Bosse is a variant form of the French surname Bossut, also found as Bosse and Bosseux, with an equivalent English form, Boss, all derived from the Old French, 'bossu', hunchbacked,a derivative of 'bosse', lump,hump, and given to someone with a hunched back. The christening of Jacques, son of Jacques and Louise Le Bosse, was recorded at Bourg-L'Eveque, Maine-et-Loire, on the 23rd of February 1672. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Rene Le Bosse (marriage to Perrine Bertrand), which was dated July 3rd 1669 Audigne,Maine -et - Loire, during the reign of King Louis X1V of France, 'The Sun King', 1643-1715. 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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