Bose (surname)

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Bose or Basu or Boshu is a surname found amongst Bengali Hindus. It stems from Sanskrit वासु vāsu (a name of Vishṇu meaning 'dwelling in all beings').[1]

Boses belong to Kayastha caste in Bengal. The Bengali Kayasthas evolved between the 5th/6th century AD and 11th/12th century AD, its component elements being putative Kshatriyas and mostly Brahmin.[2] Boses are considered as Kulin Kayasthas of Gautam gotra, along with Ghoshes, Mitras and Guhas.[3]

Geographical distribution[edit]

As of 2014, 56.4% of all known bearers of the surname Bose were residents of India and 20.1% were residents of Bangladesh. In India, the frequency of the surname was higher than national average in the following states and union territories:[4]

Notables of South Asian descent[edit]

Notable others[edit]

  • Sterling Bose (1906–1959), American jazz trumpeter and cornetist

von Bose is an unrelated German surname

Bosé is an unrelated European surname

  • Lucia Bosè (Italian spelling, born Lucia Borloni) or Lucía Bosé (Spanish spelling) (born 1931), Italian actress
  • Miguel Bosé (born 1956), Spanish singer and son of Lucia Bosè


  1. ^ Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press. 2013.
  2. ^ Andre Wink (1991). Al-Hind, the Making of the Indo-Islamic World, Volume 1. Brill Academic Publishers. p. 269. ISBN 978-90-04-09509-0. Retrieved 3 September 2011.
  3. ^ Hopkins, Thomas J. (1989). "The Social and Religious Background for Transmission of Gaudiya Vaisnavism to the West". In Bromley, David G.; Shinn, Larry D. (eds.). Krishna consciousness in the West. Bucknell University Press. pp. 35–36. ISBN 978-0-8387-5144-2. Retrieved 2011-10-31.
  4. ^ Bose Surname Distribution