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Where did the Italian Bisio family come from? What is the Italian Bisio family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bisio family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bisio family history?The distinguished surname Bisio can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Bisio came from the personal name "Bixio." The original Latin form Bixius means gray, and would have been given to someone who had gray hair or a gray beard, or who habitually dressed in gray.
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Bisio include Bisio, Bixio, Bisi, Bissi, Biggino, Biggio, Biggi, Bigio, Bigi, Biselli, Bisetti and many more.
First found in the city of Correggio, which lies east of Parma. It was in Correggio that Pietro Bisi was a knight in 1504. A few years later, Lodovico Bisi of Ferrara, a commander for the archbishop of Colonia in the 16th century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bisio research. More information is included under the topic Early Bisio History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 133 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bisio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bisio:
Bisio Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Bisio Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bisio Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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