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
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
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, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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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
Bice Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bice (post 1700)
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.
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