The name Bice is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was 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
Early Origins of the Bice family
The surname Bice was first found in Surrey
, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege Lord, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bice family
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Bice Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Biss, Bisse and others.
Early Notables of the Bice family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bice family to Ireland
Some of the Bice family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bice family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Bice Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Bice U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 CITATION[CLOSE]
Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
Bice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Henry Bice, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Tuesday 30th November 1858. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Confiance 1858. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/confiance1858.shtml.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bice (post 1700)
- Raymond Curtis Bice Sr. (1896-1994), American politician, historian, and businessman from La Crosse, Wisconsin
- Major General David F. Bice, American retired Inspector General of the United States Marine Corps
- Gregory Lawrence Bice (b. 1981), American lacrosse player from Bethesda, Maryland
- Robert Bice (1914-1968), American television and film actor from Dallas, Texas
- Jeanne Bice (1939-2011), American entrepreneur, businesswoman and television personality from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin
- Harold Elwin "Bo" Bice Jr. (b. 1975), American singer and musician, runner-up in the fourth season of American Idol
- Samuel Sandoe Bice (b. 1903), Cornish mining captain who worked the Wallaroo and Moonta Mining Company, South Australia from 1864 to 1914, father of Sir John George Bice
- Olivette Bice (b. 1968), Vanuatuan sprinter
- Albert Clare Bice CM (1909-1976), Canadian artist, curator, and children's book author/illustrator from Durham, Ontrario
- Stephen "Steve" Bice (b. 1981), Canadian two-time gold medalist curler from Sarnia, Ontario, brother of Mark Bice
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The Bice 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: Ayez prudence
Motto Translation: Have prudence.