Bishop History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bishop is a name whose history dates far back into the mists of early British times to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is a 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. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Bishop family

The surname Bishop was first found in an area "confined south of a line drawn from the Wash to the Dee. It is at present most numerous in the western half of this area, the county of Dorset containing the greatest number." [3]

Biscop was listed in Northumberland in the Domesday Book and later, Bissop was listed in the Pipe Rolls of Norfolk in 1195. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed a wide variety of early spellings found throughout this area: John le Bissup, Oxfordshire; William Bisscop, Norfolk; Henry Biscop, Lincolnshire; Elvena, relicta Peter Bissop, Cambridgeshire; and Alice Bissop, Oxfordshire. [1]

Later, Bissop atte Combe was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in 1327 and the Pipe Rolls listed Lefwinus Bissop in Northumberland in 1166. [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, the first record of the family was in 1291 when "a receipt was granted to William called 'Bissope' on behalf of Sir Dovenald, Earl of Mar." [4]

The Biscoe variant was principally found in Yorkshire where William Birscowe and Robert Biscowe were listed in 1463. [2]

Early History of the Bishop family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bishop research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1426, 1551, 1610, 1624, 1627, 1628, 1676, 1684, 1786, 1855, 1554, 1624, 1601, 1554, 1612, 1675, 1661, 1611, 1691, 1665, 1737, 1682, 1692, 1625, 1691, 1634, 1681, 1683, 1632, 1692, 1692, 1660, 1687 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Bishop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bishop Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bishop has been recorded under many different variations, including Bishop, Bisshop, Bisshope, Bishope, Bishoppe, Bischoppe and many more.

Early Notables of the Bishop family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Bishop (1554-1624), Bishop of Chalcedon, the son of John Bishop, who died in 1601 at the age of ninety-two; he was born of a 'genteel family' at Brailes in Warwickshire in or about 1554. [5] Humphrey Bishop (c. 1612-1675), was an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661; and Henry Bishopp (Bishop, Bisshopp), (1611-1691), was Postmaster General of England from Henfield, Sussex. John Bishop (1665-1737), was an English musical composer, and educated under Daniel Roseingrave, but, as the latter was organist of Winchester Cathedral from June 1682...
Another 112 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bishop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Bishop family to Ireland

Some of the Bishop 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.


United States Bishop migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bishop or a variant listed above:

Bishop Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Bishop, who settled in Maryland in 1633
  • Townsend Bishop, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1635 [6]
  • Thomas Bishop, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1636 [6]
  • Nathaniel Bishop, who landed in Ipswich Massachusetts in 1638 [6]
  • Joseph Bishop, who settled in Virginia in 1644
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bishop Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Bishop, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [6]
  • Thomas Bishop, who landed in Virginia in 1714 [6]
  • Philip Bishop, who landed in Georgia in 1732 [6]
  • Hendrick Bishop, aged 20, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733 [6]
  • Mr. Bishop, who landed in Georgia in 1735 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bishop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Sarni Bishop, who landed in America in 1805 [6]
  • Robert H Bishop, who landed in Kentucky in 1811 [6]
  • Henry Bishop, who landed in America in 1811 [6]
  • Mark Bishop, who landed in Maryland in 1819 [6]
  • Richard Bishop, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1821 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bishop migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bishop Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Benj Bishop, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Richard Bishop, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Benjamin Bishop, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Bishop, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Bishop, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bishop Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Bishop, aged 5 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Free Trader" departing 22nd June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 14th August 1847 but he died on board [7]
  • Charles Bishop, aged 28, who arrived in Montreal in 1849
  • Edwin Bishop, aged 2, who landed in Montreal in 1849
  • Mary Bishop, aged 27, who arrived in Montreal in 1849
  • Robert Bishop, who landed in Montreal in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Bishop migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bishop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Bishop, Canadian covict who was convicted in Kingston, Ontario, Canada for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr.Paul Bishop, (b. 1799), aged 20, Irish labourer who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bencoolen" on 24th April 1819, arriving in New South Wales, Australia before being transferred to Tasmania via the "Admiral Cockburn", he died in 1826 when he was stabbed [9]
  • John Bishop, a carpenter, who arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Bishop, English convict from Hereford, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Thomas Bishop, English convict from Leicester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Bishop migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bishop Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Bishop, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Bishop, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Bishop, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship London
  • Mr. John Tiddby Bishop, (b. 1806), aged 34, British labourer, born in Dorset travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [11]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Bishop née Green, (b. 1805), aged 35, British settler, born in Dorset travelling from Plymouth aboard the ship "Oriental" arriving in New Plymouth, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand via Wellington on 7th November 1841 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bishop (post 1700) +

  • Jerry Bishop (1935-2020), American announcer, radio host and radio personality, best known as the announcer for the American courtroom television show, Judge Judy, for 24 years
  • Richard Bishop (1950-2016), American NFL and CFL football defensive tackle
  • Kelly Bishop (b. 1944), American stage, TV and film actress
  • Elvin Bishop (b. 1942), American blues/rock guitarist
  • John Michael Bishop (b. 1936), American biologist, who shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979), American Pulitzer Prize winning poet
  • Jim Bishop (1907-1987), American newspaper columnist and historian
  • Isabel Bishop (1902-1988), Award-winning American painter and graphic artist
  • John Peale Bishop (1892-1944), American poet and man of letters
  • Joey Bishop (1918-2007), born Joseph Abraham Gottlieb, American entertainer who was perhaps best known for being a member of the "Rat Pack"
  • ... (Another 134 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Thomas Henry Bishop, British Assistant Cook from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Thomas George Tetley Bishop (1897-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Edward J P Bishop (b. 1919), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Charles J Bishop (b. 1919), English Chief Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Worcester, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leslie Bishop, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. George F Bishop, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
  • Mr. C H Bishop, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Thomas G. Bishop, British Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [16]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Joseph Bishop, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mrs. Alice Bishop, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. William Bishop, Canadian 3rd Class passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [17]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Walter Alexander Bishop (d. 1912), aged 34, English First Class Bedroom Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [18]
  • Mrs. Helen Bishop, (née Walton), aged 19, American First Class passenger from Dowagiac, Michigan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7 [18]
  • Mr. Dickinson H. "Dick" Bishop, aged 25, American First Class passenger from Dowagiac, Michigan who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 7 [18]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Wesley Horner Bishop Jr., American Radioman Third Class from New Jersey, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Millard Charles Bishop, American Fireman Third Class from Alabama, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]
  • Mr. Grover Barron Bishop, American Machinist's Mate First Class from Texas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [19]


The Bishop 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Bishop +

  • 218 "Ancestors and Descendants of David Bishop" by Virginia Miller Leasure, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Conley Bishop" by Winnie Branen.

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 65)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bencoolen
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  17. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  18. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  19. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


Houseofnames.com on Facebook
Shipping
Fastest Delivery Possible

Digital Products on Checkout, all other products filled in 1 business day

Money Back
Money Back Guarantee

Yes, all products 100% Guaranteed

Support
BBB A+ Rating

The Best Rating possible

Payment
Secure Online Payment

Entire site uses SSL / Secure Certificate