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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • French : metonymic occupational name for a corn merchant or factor, one who measured grain, from Old French boisse(l), buissel, ‘bushel’, ‘measure of grain’, of Gaulish origin. The name may also have been applied to a maker of vessels designed to hold or measure out a bushel.
  • A Boisseau from Brittany in France is recorded in Sillery, Quebec, in 1667, while a man named Boissel from the Perche region is documented in Quebec city in 1666.

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