The history of the name Bishope goes back those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was 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 Bishope family
The surname Bishope was first found in Worcestershire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest
Early History of the Bishope family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bishope research.Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1786, 1855, 1612, 1675, 1661, 1611, 1691, 1625, 1691, 1634, 1681, 1683, 1632, 1692 and 1692 are included under the topic Early Bishope History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bishope Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bishope family name include Bishop, Bisshop, Bisshope, Bishope, Bishoppe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bishope family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Humphrey Bishop (c 1612-1675), an English landowner and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661; Henry Bishopp (Bishop, Bisshopp), (1611-1691), Postmaster General of England
from Henfield, Sussex; James Bishop... Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bishope Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bishope family to Ireland
Some of the Bishope family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bishope family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Bishope or a variant listed above: Daniel Bishop who settled in Virginia in 1663; Henry Bishop settled in Maryland in 1633; Joseph Bishop in Virginia in 1644; Thomas Bishop settled in Barbados with his wife and servants in 1680.
The Bishope 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.