Bise History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Bise was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, 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 Bise family

The surname Bise was first found in 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 Bise family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bise research. Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1721, 1710, 1713, 1713, 1721, 1709, 1711, 1731, 1615, 1602, 1680, 1630 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Bise History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bise Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Biss, Bisse and others.

Early Notables of the Bise family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Philip Bisse (1667-1721), an English Bishop of St David's (1710-1713) and Bishop of Hereford (1713-1721.) He was a native of Oldbury in Gloucestershire. "The bishop published several of his sermons. One was preached before the House of Commons 15 March 1709, being the day appointed for a general fast, and another...
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Bise Ranking

In the United States, the name Bise is the 10,810th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the Bise family to Ireland

Some of the Bise family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bise migration to the United States +

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bise or a variant listed above:

Bise Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Bise, who landed in Maryland in 1678 [2]
Bise Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Bise, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bise (post 1700) +

  • Ava Bise, American co-founder of YouBar, a nutrition bar company producing energy bars in 2006

The Bise 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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  2. ^ 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) on Facebook
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