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Where did the English Bich family come from? What is the English Bich family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bich family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bich family history?

The founding heritage of the Bich family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Bich comes from when one of the family worked as a beekeeper. The surname is derived from the Old English word beocere.

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The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bich has been spelled many different ways, including Bick, Biche, Bich, Bicker, Bickers and others.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bich research. Another 231 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bich History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bich Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bichs to arrive in North America: Francis Bick who settled in Virginia in 1635; Richard Bick, who settled in Virginia in 1636; John Bick, who settled in Maryland in 1663; Thomas Bick, who settled in Nevis in 1663.

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The Bich Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bich 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.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:19.

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