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Bishop is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a name for a person who portrayed a bishop in a medieval play, a person with an ecclesiastical bearing, or one who had been elected as a boy-bishop for the festival of St. Nicholas' Day.

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The surname Bishop was first found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bishop has been recorded under many different variations, including Bishop, Bisshop, Bisshope, Bishope, Bishoppe and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bishop research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1786, 1855, 1612, 1675, 1661, 1611, 1691, 1625, 1691, 1634, 1681, 1683, 1632, 1692 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Bishop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notables of the family at this time include Humphrey Bishop (c 1612-1675), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661; Henry Bishopp (Bishop, Bisshopp), (1611-1691), Postmaster General of England from Henfield, Sussex; James Bishop...

Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bishop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Bishop 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.

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For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bishop or a variant listed above:

Bishop Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Bishop settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Townsend Bishop, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Bishop, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Nathaniel Bishop, who landed in Ipswich Massachusetts in 1638
  • Joseph Bishop settled in Virginia in 1644
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Bishop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bishop, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Thomas Bishop, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Philip Bishop, who landed in Georgia in 1732
  • Hendrick Bishop, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Mr. Bishop, who landed in Georgia in 1735
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Bishop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sarni Bishop, who landed in America in 1805
  • Robert H Bishop, who landed in Kentucky in 1811
  • Henry Bishop, who landed in America in 1811
  • Mark Bishop, who landed in Maryland in 1819
  • Richard Bishop, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1821
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Bishop Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benj Bishop, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Richard Bishop, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Benjamin Bishop, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Bishop, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Bishop, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
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Bishop Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Charles Bishop, aged 28, arrived in Montreal in 1849
  • Edwin Bishop, aged 2, landed in Montreal in 1849
  • Mary Bishop, aged 27, arrived in Montreal in 1849
  • Robert Bishop, who landed in Montreal in 1849
  • William Bishop, aged 4, landed in Montreal in 1849

Bishop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bishop, a carpenter, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Bishop, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Bishop, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Bishop, English convict from Lincoln, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Bishop, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
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Bishop Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Bishop landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Bishop landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Bishop landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship London
  • Joseph Bishop, aged 24, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Eliza Bishop, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
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  • J. A. Bishop, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 19th District, 1918
  • Mrs. J. M. Bishop, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1924
  • J. R. Bishop, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1884
  • J. W. Bishop, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1924
  • Jack Randy Bishop, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2008
  • Jackie Bishop, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1972
  • James Bishop, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Watertown, 1828-29
  • James Bishop (1816-1895), American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Middlesex County, 1849-50; U.S. Representative from New Jersey 3rd District, 1855-57
  • James Bishop, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Tioga County, 1875
  • James Bishop, American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 5th District, 1902
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Bishop Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Thomas Henry Bishop, British Assistant Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Thomas George Tetley Bishop (1897-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Edward J P Bishop (b. 1919), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Charles J Bishop (b. 1919), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Worcester, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Leslie Bishop, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. George F Bishop, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. C H Bishop, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Joseph Bishop, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Alice Bishop, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. William Bishop, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Walter Alexander Bishop (d. 1912), aged 34, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Helen Bishop, (née Walton), aged 19, American First Class passenger from Dowagiac, Michigan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
  • Mr. Dickinson H. "Dick" Bishop, aged 25, American First Class passenger from Dowagiac, Michigan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7
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  • Ancestors and Descendants of David Bishop by Virginia Miller Leasure.
  • Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Conley Bishop by Winnie Branen.
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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: Pro Deo et ecclesia
Motto Translation: For God and the Church.

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    Other References

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    2. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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    8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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    The Bishop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bishop 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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