The ancestors of the Bessley family migrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The surname Bessley is for a person involved in the measuring and trading of corn. The name springs from the Old English root bushel,
which is a measure of volume which is still in use today. Another derivation of the name suggests that it stems from the Norman French root bichelle,
which means hind
Which derivation is applicable depends on the geographic roots of the particular family group in question.
Early Origins of the Bessley family
The surname Bessley was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bessley family
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Bessley Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bessley family name include Bissell, Bichell and others.
Early Notables of the Bessley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bessley family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Bessley family to immigrate North America: John Bissell who arrived in west New Jersey in 1664; Thomas Bissell who settled in Virginia in 1663; Thomas Bissell arrived in Philadelphia in 1774; Charles Bissell arrived in New York City in 1822..