Bice History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bice is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of England 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 or murky.
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
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bice research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1721, 1710, 1713, 1713, 1721, 1709, 1711, 1731, 1615, 1602, 1680, 1630 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Bice History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Philip Bisse (1667-1721), an English Bishop of St David's (1710-1713) and Bishop of Hereford (1713-1721.) He was a native of Oldbury in Gloucestershire. "The bishop published several of his sermons. One was preached before the House of Commons 15 March 1709, being the day appointed for a general fast, and another...
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Migration of the Bice family to Ireland
Some of the Bice family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Bice migration to Canada +
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bice or a variant listed above:
Bice Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John Bice U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1783 
Bice migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Bice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. John Bice, (b. 1828), aged 26, Cornish miner, from Gwennap, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Lady Ann" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 29th September 1854 
- William Henry Bice, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Confiance" 
- Mrs. Matilda Bice, (b. 1850), aged 36, Cornish housekeeper travelling aboard the ship "SS Cuzco" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th March 1886 
- Mr. Samuel Bice, (b. 1876), aged 10, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "SS Cuzco" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th March 1886 
- Miss Matilda Bice, (b. 1882), aged 4, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "SS Cuzco" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 12th March 1886 
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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.