The name Biscoh is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. Biscoh was a name used for a person who portrayed a bishop in a medieval play, a person with an ecclesiastical bearing, or one who had been elected as a boy-bishop for the festival of St. Nicholas' Day.
Early Origins of the Biscoh family
The surname Biscoh was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Biscoh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biscoh research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1786, 1855, 1612, 1675, 1661, 1611, 1691, 1625, 1691, 1634, 1681, 1683, 1632, 1692 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Biscoh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Biscoh Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Biscoh include Bishop, Bisshop, Bisshope, Bishope, Bishoppe and many more.
Early Notables of the Biscoh family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Humphrey Bishop (c 1612-1675), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661; Henry Bishopp (Bishop, Bisshopp), (1611-1691), Postmaster General of England
from Henfield, Sussex; James Bishop... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biscoh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Biscoh family to Ireland
Some of the Biscoh family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Biscoh family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Biscoh were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Daniel Bishop who settled in Virginia in 1663; Henry Bishop settled in Maryland in 1633; Joseph Bishop in Virginia in 1644; Thomas Bishop settled in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1680.
The Biscoh 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: Pro Deo et ecclesia
Motto Translation: For God and the Church.