|Region of origin||Lombardy in northern Italy, particularly Milan|
|Meaning||Derived from boxwood|
|Variant(s)||Bosio, Boselli, Bossy and Bossie|
Bossi is a surname native to the Lombardy region of Italy, particularly in Milan. Variations include Bosio and Boselli, the former being among the original derivations of "Bossi" and the latter being a common variation of Italian names. Also, Bossy and Bossie are two etymologically related forms found in French-speaking regions as well as in the United States. The coat of arms and family standard are of a bovine bull holding the Latin phrase "In Domino Confido", which translates as "In God I trust". The bull is quartered in the solid gules (red) and argent (white) colors of the House of Savoy, set upon an azure field.
Etymologically, the name appears to be derived from two possible words. Boxwood—a prized wood historically used for landscaping or crafting—is Bosso (singular) or Bossi (plural) in Italian. Alternately, the name may also be derived from the plural of the genus Bos, which consists of both wild and domestic cattle. This possible relationship is reinforced by the bull on the coat of arms and family standard.
The surname can refer to the following people:
- Benigno Bossi (1727–1792), Italian engraver, painter, and stucco artist
- Carmelo Bossi (1939–2014), Italian boxer
- Costante Adolfo Bossi (1876–1953), Italian organist for the Milan Cathedral
- David N. Bossie (born 1965), American, President of Citizens United
- Enea Bossi, Sr. (1888–1963), Italian-American inventor and aviation pioneer
- Enrico Bossi (1861–1925), Italian farmer and theologian in Turin in the 20th century
- Giuseppe Bossi (1777–1815), Italian painter, writer, collector, and administrator of art
- James Bossi (born 1980), British Rower and Triathlete
- Johann Dominik Bossi, also known as Domenico Bossi (1767–1853), Italian painter
- Joseph Aurèle de Bossi (1758–1824), French politician and poet
- Joseph Bossi or Giuseppe Bossi (1911-date of death unknown), Swiss footballer
- Joseph Tipton Bossi, American Navy Reserve pilot
- Marco Enrico Bossi (1861–1925), Italian organist and composer
- Mario Bossi (footballer born 1909), Italian footballer
- Maurice Bossy (1929–2008), Canadian politician
- Maxime Bossis (born 1955), French football player
- Michael Dean Bossy (born 1957), Canadian ice hockey player
- Pietro Bossi, Italian marble craftsman in Dublin between 1785 and 1798, specialising in the scagliola technique
- Umberto Bossi (born 1941), Italian politician, as well as founder and former leader of Lega Nord
The name Bossi or its related variations may also refer to the following:
- Betty Bossi. A Swiss cookbook publisher
- Bossi Castle, A winery located in the Bossi region of Castelnuovo Berardenga
- Bossi Cup, An ice hockey tournament named for Luciano Bossi
- Collex-Bossy, A municipality in the Canton of Geneva, Switzerland
- Stefan Bossems, German musician with the pseudonym "DJ Bossi"
- Dario Bossi, A fictional character from the video game series Castlevania
- Infoworld Bossie Awards, An award relating to open source computer software
- Mike Bossy Trophy, An ice hockey trophy named for Mike Bossy
- Serfinaz Qadry or Poussi (born 1953), Egyptian actress with the pseudonym "Poussi" or "Boussy"
- Bossi (organ builders), an Italian organ builders
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