BOZZOLA: MY SURNAME
My surname is likely to stem from the Lombard alpine dialect form “bosla” (close to German “Buchs”, “Buchsbaum”, English “box”, Swedish “buxbom”), referring to some kinds of “hard wood” like the hawthorn . According to a common German use of the word “Weißdorn”, “Bozzola” as “a hawthorn” would also refer to a white (fair) -complexioned man/woman. In fact – yet perhaps quite surprisingly - most of us Bozzolas are fair-complexioned.
As to the surname frequency (checked by means of the official telephone directories) in the North Italian provinces, relevant data are to be found in Milan, Turin and Venice, but the surname reaches its percentage peaks in the Provinces of Novara, Pavia, Brescia and Verona: the most peripheral districts of the former “Longobardia”. Some past political power seems then to have pushed the Bozzolas towards the borders of the Langobardian jurisdiction. A closer hypothesis looks at our family as stemming from Brescia, having reached western Langobardia later in the seventeen century.
Some Bozzolas are also to be met in German-speaking Switzerland, somewhere in Germany and in the U.S.A..