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Where did the English Bisse family come from? What is the English Bisse family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bisse family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bisse family history?The ancient name Bisse is a Norman name that would have been developed in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. This name was a name given to a person with a dark complexion or person who dressed in dark clothing. The name stems from the Old English root bis, which means dingy or murky.
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bisse were recorded, including Biss, Bisse and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bisse research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bisse History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 37 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bisse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bisse family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 117 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bisse arrived in North America very early:
Bisse Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Bisse Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ayez prudence
Motto Translation: Have prudence.
The Bisse Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bisse 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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