This very early English surname recorded in the spellings of Buss, Busse, and Buse, is English, although perhaps with some Norman-French influence. It derives either from the word "busse", meaning a cask, or "bush", meaning what is says, somebody who lived by a prominent bush. If the former, it was probably introduced into England at the time of the 1066 Norman Invasion, and describes a maker of wooden casks or barrels, although there are indications that occassionally it may have been used as a descriptive nickname for a rotund person, one who was 'barrel' shaped! In the second case of 'Bush', given the lack of spelling and the 'thick' local dialects of the medieval period, a change from Bush to Bus(se), would be quite logical. The surname is first recorded in the latter part of the 11th Century, (see below), and other early recordings include such examples as Walter Buss, in the 1191 Pipe Rolls of Norfolk, Matilda Bus, in the 1273 Hundred Rolls of Oxfordshire, and Adam Busse in the 1379 Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire. Later examples taken from the early church registers include on November 15th 1590, Richard Buse and Margaret Bill who were married at St. Bride's church, Fleet Street, London, and on April 23rd 1600, William Busse who married Mary Riches at the famous church of St. Dunstans in the East, Stepney. An interesting namebearer was the Victoriam painter Robert Buss (1804-1875). The Coat of arms granted in Lincoln, has the blazon of a silver field, charged with three black bars. The crest is a sea wolf. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Siward Buss, which was dated 1086, in the Domesday Book for the county of Kent, during the reign of King William 1, known as "William the Conqueror", 1066 - 1087. 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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  • Buss — (b[u^]s), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Bussed} (b[u^]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Bussing}.] To kiss; esp. to kiss with a smack, or rudely. Nor bussed the milking maid. Tennyson. [1913 Webster] Kissing and bussing differ both in this, We buss our wantons, but… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buss — Buss, n. [OE. basse, fr. L. basium; cf. G. bus (Luther), Prov. G. busserl, dim. of bus kiss, bussen to kiss, Sw. puss kiss, pussa to kiss, W. & Gael. bus lip, mouth.] A kiss; a rude or playful kiss; a smack. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Buss — Buss, n. [Cf. OF. busse, Pr. bus, LL. bussa, busa, G. b[ u]se, D. buis.] (Naut.) A small strong vessel with two masts and two cabins; used in the herring fishery. [1913 Webster] The Dutch whalers and herring busses. Macaulay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • buss — [bʌs] v [T] AmE old fashioned [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: Probably from bass to kiss (1500 1600), from French baiser] to kiss someone in a friendly rather than sexual way ▪ politicians bussing babies …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • buss — [ bʌs ] verb transitive AMERICAN to kiss someone in a friendly way: He bussed her lightly on the forehead …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • buss — [bus] n., vt., vi. [prob., like Ger dial. bus, Welsh & Gael bus, kiss, lip, of echoic orig.] Now Chiefly Dial. kiss, esp. in an unrestrained or playful manner …   English World dictionary

  • buss — {{11}}buss (n.) a kiss, 1560s; probably of imitative origin, as are Welsh and Gael. bus kiss, lip, Fr. baiser kiss (12c., from L. basiare), Sp. buz, Ger. dialectal Buss. {{12}}buss (v.) 1570s, from BUSS (Cf. buss) (n.). Related: Bussed; bussing.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Buss — Île Buss L île Buss est une île fantôme. Elle a été découverte durant la troisième expédition de Martin Frobisher en septembre 1578 par des marins qui étaient à bord du navire Emmanuel et a été représentée sur des cartes entre l Irlande et le… …   Wikipédia en Français

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