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
surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name
of the original bearer's father. The surname Bishard is derived from the ancient Teutonic personal name Biset,
whose meaning is now lost.
Early Origins of the Bishard family
The surname Bishard 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 Bishard family
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Bishard 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 Bishard has also been spelled Bissett, Bisset, Bisside, Bisseth, Bizet, Biseth and others.
Early Notables of the Bishard family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bishard family to Ireland
Some of the Bishard family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bishard family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bishard, or a variant listed above: Elly Bisset who settled in Carolina in 1695; James Bisset settled in New England
The Bishard Motto
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 Translation: I flourish again.