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Contributor Contrib.Polly Names on 7/25/2010
Anglo-Scottish medieval surname of French locational origin occasionally used as a male first name. The name was introduced by the Normans and comes from the town of Beuzeville in Normandy. The name means “Beuze’s settlement”; Beuze being a Germanic personal name meaning “reckless”. One of the most famous people with this surname is James Boswell, the biographer of lexicographer Samuel Johnson. In the case of the Scottish village of St Boswells, the place was named after Saint Boisil who was a monk at the nearby Melrose Abbey.