Family name origins & meanings
- French (also Bossé) : nickname for a hunchback, from Old French bossu ‘hunchbacked’ (a derivative of bosse ‘lump’, ‘hump’).
- French : metonymic occupational name for a cooper, from bosse ‘barrel’, ‘keg’.
- South German, Swiss German, and Danish : from a pet form of the personal name Burkhard (see Burkhart).
- Dutch : variant of Bosch.
- The records of Cap St. Ignace in Quebec for 1692 document a Bossé from the Poitou region of France.