It was in the Scottish/English Borderlands that the Strathclyde-Briton people first used the ancient name Bisbee. It was a name for someone who lived in East Renfrewshire
at Busby, a village "partly in the parish of East Kilbride, Middle ward of the county of Lanark." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Alternatively the name could have been derived from Great Busby in Yorkshire
which dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 and was listed as Buschebi. CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
In either case, this place name is most likely derived from the Norman buki,
meaning "bush" or "shrub."
Early Origins of the Bisbee family
The surname Bisbee was first found in Renfrewshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland
, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew
, East Renfrewshire
, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland
. The name is derived from "the lands of Busby or Busbie in the parish of Carmunnock, Renfrewshire
. In 1330 the office of notary was conferred on David de Busby of the diocese of Glasgow. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Further to the south, the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 list: Ricardus de Busby, and Adam de Buskeby. CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Bisbee family
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Bisbee Spelling Variations
Scribes in Medieval Scotland
spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations
exist in names of that era. Bisbee has been spelled Busby, Busbe, Busbie and others.
Early Notables of the Bisbee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bisbee family to the New World and Oceana
The number of Strathclyde Clan
families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence
allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:
Bisbee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Thomas Bisbee, who landed in Massachusetts in 1634 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Contemporary Notables of the name Bisbee (post 1700)
- John Bisbee (b. 1965), American sculptor
- Horatio Bisbee Jr. (1839-1916), American politician, U.S. Representative from Florida