The distinguished surname Bisio can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Venice
. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames
was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Venice
is the patronymic
surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal
System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Bisio came from the personal name
"Bixio." The original Latin form Bixius means gray, and would have been given to someone who had gray hair or a gray beard, or who habitually dressed in gray.
Early Origins of the Bisio family
The surname Bisio was first found in the city of Correggio, which lies east of Parma. It was in Correggio that Pietro Bisi was a knight in 1504. A few years later, Lodovico Bisi of Ferrara, a commander for the archbishop of Colonia in the 16th century.
Early History of the Bisio family
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Bisio Spelling Variations
Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of Bisio include Bisio, Bixio, Bisi, Bissi, Biggino, Biggio, Biggi, Bigio, Bigi, Biselli, Bisetti and many more.
Early Notables of the Bisio family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the family was Anton-Maria Bisi, Captain of Corazze in France in the 16th century; Nanni di Baccio Bigio, a pseudonym of Giovanni Lippi (died 1568), an Italian architect of the 16th century; Pietro Bisi, mayor of Bologna, Mantua, Siena, and Florence, and... Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bisio Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bisio family to the New World and Oceana
A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bisio:
Bisio Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Antonio Bisio, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Silvano, Italy, in 1910
- Carlo Nicola Bisio, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States from Vionola B., Italy, in 1910
- Anastasia Ferrarotti Bisio, aged 34, who emigrated to the United States from Cantalupo, Italy, in 1911
- Angelo Bisio, aged 42, who landed in America from Lerma, Italy, in 1911
- Antonio Bisio, aged 19, who landed in America from Silvano, d'Orba, Italy, in 1912
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