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Bisard Surname History



One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Bisard is derived from the ancient Teutonic personal name Biset, whose meaning is now lost.


Early Origins of the Bisard family


The surname Bisard was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross.

Early History of the Bisard family


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Bisard Spelling Variations


Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Bisard has also been spelled Bissett, Bisset, Bisside, Bisseth, Bizet, Biseth and others.

Early Notables of the Bisard family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bisard family to Ireland


Some of the Bisard family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Bisard family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bisard, or a variant listed above: Elly Bisset who settled in Carolina in 1695; James Bisset settled in New England in 1752.

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