Meaning and Origin of: Boss

Family name origins & meanings

  • English : nickname for a hunchback, from Old French bossu‘hunchbacked’ (a derivative of bosse ‘lump’, ‘hump’; compareBossard 2).
  • German : from a short form of the personal name Borkhardt, a variant ofBurkhart.
  • Possibly an altered spelling of South German Bös (see Bos).
  • Danish : medieval variant of Buus, a surname of uncertain origin, perhaps from Germanbūsemen ‘devil’, ‘ghost’.