Origins Available: English, German
Anglo-Saxon origin. It was a name given to 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 Bishoff family
Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bishoff family
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Bishoff Spelling Variations
hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bishoff were recorded, including Bishop, Bisshop, Bisshope, Bishope, Bishoppe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bishoff family (pre 1700)
England from Henfield, Sussex; James Bishop...
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Migration of the Bishoff family to Ireland
Some of the Bishoff 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 Bishoff family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bishoff family emigrate to North America:
Bishoff Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bishoff Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Bishoff 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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