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Bissell is a name whose history on English soil dates back to the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The name Bissell comes from a person involved in the measuring and trading of corn. The name springs from the Old English root bushel, which is a measure of volume which is still in use today. Another derivation of the name suggests that it stems from the Norman French root bichelle, which means hind or deer. Which derivation is applicable depends on the geographic roots of the particular family group in question.

Bissell Early Origins



The surname Bissell was first found in Berkshire, where they had been granted lands by King William after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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Bissell Spelling Variations


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Bissell Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bissell, Bichell and others.

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Bissell Early History


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Bissell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bissell research. Another 221 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bissell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bissell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bissell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bissell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlanti c. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bissell or a variant listed above:

Bissell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Bissell, who landed in New England in 1640
  • Thomas Bissell who settled in Virginia in 1663
  • John Bissell who arrived in west New Jersey in 1664

Bissell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Josias Bissell, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • William Bissell, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • William Bissell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1715
  • Samuel Bissell, who arrived in New England in 1717
  • Josiah Bissell, who landed in Virginia in 1717
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bissell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Bissell arrived in New York City in 1822
  • G W P Bissell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Capt. Bissell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Captain Bissell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • C F Bissell, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bissell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. David Bissell, "Bijsle" U.E. from Vermont, USA who settled in Augusta Township, Grenville County, Ontario c. 1783 married to Sarah Goodrich they had 11 children who traveled with him, he settled in an area that became known as Bisselltown in 1785 was known to help Thomase in the community to be less fortunate than them with free food during the famine of 1787 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bissell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bissell (post 1700)



  • Franklin Gene Bissell (1926-2016), American football player and coach
  • Tom Bissell (b. 1974), American journalist, critic, video game advocate and fiction writer
  • Wilson Shannon Bissell (1847-1903), American politician, 36th United States Postmaster General (1893-1895)
  • Richard Pike Bissell (1913-1977), American Tony Award winning author of short stories and novels
  • Daniel Perez Bissell (1802-1874), American physician and politician in New York from Randolph, Orange County, Vermont
  • General Daniel Bissell (1768-1833), American soldier and administrator during the War of 1812
  • Daniel Bissell (1754-1824), American soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War who posed as a deserter in New York under direct orders of General George Washington
  • Walter Patrick Bissell (1957-1987), American leading principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre
  • Anna Sutherland Bissell (1846-1934), Canadian-born, American wife of Melville Bissell, president and later chair of the board of the Bissell Corporation
  • Richard Mervin Bissell Jr. (1909-1994), American Central Intelligence Agency officer responsible for the Bay of Pigs Invasion
  • ... (Another 9 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Bissell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bissell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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