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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Buss
A kiss; a rude or playful kiss; a smack.

Etymology: 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

verb Buss
To kiss; esp. to kiss with a smack, or rudely.
noun Buss
A small strong vessel with two masts and two cabins; -- used in the herring fishery.

Etymology: Cf. OF. busse, Pr. bus, LL. bussa busa, G. büse, D. buis

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. The act of caressing with the lips (or an instance thereof)
  2. Touch with the lips or press the lips (against someone's mouth or other body part) as an expression of love, greeting, etc.

Origin uncertain; probably ultimately imitative. Compare Arabic بُوسَة (būsa, “kiss”).

  1. (archaic) A kiss.
  2. A herring buss, a type of shallow-keeled Dutch fishing boat used especially for herring fishing.
  3. Archaic form of bus (“passenger vehicle”).

buss was also found in the following language(s): Estonian, Faroese, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Skolt Sami, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Last Name Buss

Jeanie Buss is a president of the los angeles lakers & owner of the women of wrestling promotion., los angeles lakers, and president of thelos angeles lakers& owner of thewomen of wrestlingpromotion. Jeanie was given the name Jeanie Marie Buss on September 26th, 1961 in Santa Monica, California.


Jerry was given the name Gerald Hatten Buss on January 27th, 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S. He breathed his last breath on February 18th, 2013.


Jim Buss is an executive vp, basketball operations of the los angeles lakers, los angeles lakers, and basketball operations of thelos angeles lakers. Jim was given the name James Hatten Buss on November 9th, 1959 in Los Angeles County, California, U.S. Jim is also known as Buss and James Hatten.


Johnny Buss is an executive vp, strategic development of the los angeles lakers, los angeles lakers, and strategic development of thelos angeles lakers. Johnny was given the name Johnny Hatten Buss on October 18th, 1956 in Los Angeles County, California, U.S. Johnny is also known as Buss and Johnny Hatten.


Robert was born on August 4th, 1804. He left this life on February 26th, 1875.


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Popularity of Buss as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Buss U.S.
  White 95.65% 64.26%
  African American 0.58% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.27% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.88% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.86% 16.26%

Of Last Name Buss

People with the last name Buss are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Buss

  • How Popular is the name Buss? Buss is the 83,706th most popular name of all time. As a last name Buss was the 3,865th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Buss have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Buss in the United States.
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Buss? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1918 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Buss first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Buss is Friday, February 22nd, 1878.
  • What year had the most people named Buss born? The highest recorded use of the first name Buss was in 1918 with a total of 5 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Buss: Your name in reverse order is Ssub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sbsu. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Buss? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,177 people with the last name Buss.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Buss? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Buss as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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