Early Origins of the Bisland family
The surname Bisland was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they held a family seat
on the English/Scottish border. After the Norman Conquest
many of Duke William's rebellious Barons moved north. The border became a convenient but turbulent no-man's land where the persecuted Many were given land by King Malcolm Canmore and later by King David of Scotland
. Some were native Scots. In the 16th century they became known as the 'unruly clans'. The name was first recorded in Scotland
at Ricarton in Ayrshire.
Early History of the Bisland family
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Bisland Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Billsland, Bilsland, Bullsland, Bissland, Bisland, Bessland, Bellisland and many more.
Early Notables of the Bisland family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bisland family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..
Contemporary Notables of the name Bisland (post 1700)
- Rivington Bisland (1890-1973), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1912 to 1914
- Elizabeth Bisland (1861-1929), birth name Elizabeth Bisland Wetmore, an American journalist, best known for her race around the world against Nellie Bly, which drew worldwide attention (1889-1890)
- Rebecca "Becky" Bisland (b. 1982), née Stokes, an English footballer for the Ireland National Team in 2007