Origins Available: English, German
Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name 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 Bishof family
Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bishof family
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Bishof Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bishof have been found, including Bishop, Bisshop, Bisshope, Bishope, Bishoppe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bishof family (pre 1700)
England from Henfield, Sussex; James Bishop...
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Migration of the Bishof family to Ireland
Some of the Bishof family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bishof family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Bishof surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Bishof Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bishof Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bishof Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
The Bishof 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.
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