Show ContentsBispham History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Bispham first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in or near the village of Bispham, which lies three miles from Poulton in the Fylde district of the county of Lancashire.

Early Origins of the Bispham family

The surname Bispham was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bispham family

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Bispham Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Bispham has appeared include Bispham, Bisspham, Bisphame, Bisfam, Biscomb and many more.

Early Notables of the Bispham family

Notables of this surname at this time include:

  • Robert de Bispham, a prominent 14th century landholder in Lancashire

Migration of the Bispham family

At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bispham arrived in North America very early: Thomas Biscomb who sailed to Massachusetts in 1768.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bispham (post 1700) +

  • David Bispham, American baritone opera singer

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Leslie W Bispham (b. 1918), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Cosham, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [1]

  1. 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 on Facebook