Bisby was first used as a surname in the Scottish/English Borderlands by the Strathclyde-Briton. The first Bisby family 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 Bisby family
The surname Bisby 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 Bisby family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bisby research.Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1408, 1411, 1488, 1491, 1526, 1648, 1606, 1695, 1788 and 1834 are included under the topic Early Bisby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bisby Spelling Variations
Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations
. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Bisby has been spelled Busby, Busbe, Busbie and others.
Early Notables of the Bisby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bisby family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan
societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: Bridget Busby who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1637; Anne Busby settled in Virginia in 1635; John Busby settled in Delaware in 1682; John Busby settled in Boston in 1637.