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The ancient Norman culture that was established in England after the Conquest of 1066 produced the name of Bish. It was given to a a person who habitually dresses in drab or murky colors. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English word bis, meaning dingy or murky.

Bish Early Origins



The surname Bish was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Aluric Bysch, a Norman noble, who attended William at the Battle of Hastings.

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Bish Spelling Variations


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Bish Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Bysh, Bish, Bishe, Byshe, Bisshe, Bysshe and others.

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Bish Early History


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Bish Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bish research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1833, 1615 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Bish History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bish Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bish Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bish Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bish or a variant listed above:

Bish Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ursula Bish, who arrived in Maryland in 1641 [1]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)
  • Robert Bish, who arrived in Virginia in 1664 [1]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)
  • John Bish who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • John Bish, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]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)

Bish Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Sebastian Bish, who landed in North Carolina in 1737 [1]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)

Bish Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Leonard, Sebastian and Theobald Bish, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1170 and 1851

Bish Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jose Bish, aged 28, who arrived in America from Pto Sta Maria, Spain, in 1911
  • Alexander Bish, aged 26, who arrived in New York, in 1914
  • Edith Glasmin Bish, aged 22, who arrived in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1923
  • Inez Ruth Bish, aged 20, who arrived in America from Kingston, Jamaica, in 1923

Bish Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Mrs. Bish, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • W E Bish, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bish (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bish (post 1700)



  • Milan D. Bish (1929-2001), American diplomat, Ambassador of the United States to Barbados, Dominica, St Lucia, Antigua, and St. Vincent
  • Randy Bish, American editorial cartoonist, recipient of a Golden Quill Award (2002)
  • Diane Joyce Bish (b. 1941), American organist and composer

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  1. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  2. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Bish Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bish 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 25 May 2017 at 12:57.

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