The name Bishe comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 1066. It was a name for 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.
Early Origins of the Bishe family
The surname Bishe was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest
by Duke William in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Aluric Bysch, a Norman noble, who attended William at the Battle of Hastings.
Early History of the Bishe family
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Bishe Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Bysh, Bish, Bishe, Byshe, Bisshe, Bysshe and others.
Early Notables of the Bishe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bishe family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Bishe or a variant listed above were:
Bishe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- James Bishe, who settled in Jamaica in 1685
Contemporary Notables of the name Bishe (post 1700)
- Kerry Bishé (b. 1984), American actress, best known for her role on the medical comedy Scrubs
- Thomas Bishe, Barrister