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One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Bissett is derived from the ancient Teutonic personal name Biset, whose meaning is now lost.

Bissett Early Origins



The surname Bissett was first found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross.

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Bissett Spelling Variations


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Bissett Spelling Variations



Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaeli c. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Bissett has also been spelled Bissett, Bisset, Bisside, Bisseth, Bizet, Biseth and others.

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Bissett Early History


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Bissett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bissett research. Another 351 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1174, 1198, 1242, and 1679 are included under the topic Early Bissett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bissett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bissett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bissett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bissett In Ireland


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Bissett In Ireland



Some of the Bissett family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bissett, or a variant listed above:

Bissett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Bissett, who landed in America in 1786

Bissett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James George Bissett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1845

Bissett Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Rev. George Bissett U.E. born in Newport, Rhode Island, USA from New York, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 was the Rector for Trinity Church, New York [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 Bissett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bissett (post 1700)



  • Josie Bissett (b. 1970), born Jolyn Christine Heutmaker, an American actress best known for her role as Jane Mancini on the television series Melrose Place
  • Phillip Douglas "Phil" Bissett (b. 1956), American politician, Member of the Maryland House of Delegates (1991-1999)
  • Alan Bissett (b. 1975), Scottish novelist and educator
  • William Davidson Bissett (1893-1971), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross for deeds in WWI, who later achieved the rank of major
  • George Finlay Bissett (1905-1965), South African cricketer who played in four Test matches in the 1927-28 season
  • David Bissett (b. 1954), Canadian gold and two-time silver medalist field hockey player
  • David Bissett (b. 1979), Canadian silver and bronze medalist bobsledder from Lethbridge, Alberta
  • Bill Bissett (b. 1939), Canadian poet, winner of the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Prize (1993)

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Bissett Historic Events


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Bissett Historic Events




Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Kenneth John Bissett (1967-1988), American Student from Hartsdale, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Motto


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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: Reviresco
Motto Translation: I flourish again.


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Citations


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Citations



  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. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  9. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Bissett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bissett 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.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2015 at 13:15.

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