Bisson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Bisson family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northern France, to the coastal region known as Normandy. It is derived from the family living in Normandy. [1]

It is believed by some sources that the name Bisson originally came from the French word "buisson", which translates to "small tree" or "bush". [2]

Early Origins of the Bisson family

The surname Bisson was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy.

Richard du Buisson accompanied Guillaume the Conqueror, and his name is on the list of the companions of this prince in the church of Dives. Philippe du Buisson is cited in 1160. Richard du Buisson crossed Richard Heart of a Lion in 1189. Philippe du Buisson and his son Robert died in the seventh crusade in 1251.

Early History of the Bisson family

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Bisson Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of French surnames; in part, as spelling, and the spelling names was not yet standardized during the early development of the written French language. Later, there was much branching and movement of families, and spellings would change according to region. Variations of the name Bisson include Bisson, Buisson, Bichon, Du Buisson, Du Bisson, Beson and many more.

Early Notables of the Bisson family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family in this period was a lawyer of the King, two priors (priests) from Caen, a councillor at the Rouen parliament, two general captains for the militia of Normandy, two knights of Saint Louis. This family maintained its nobility, recorded in 1637, and was present at the assembly of the nobility of Caen in 1789. Other branches of the line brought Louis-Charles Bisson, bishop of Calvados, born in 1742. He produced many works, such as discourses, mandates, ordinances of the time of the French Revolution, and many works which were more political than religious. Pierre-François-Jean-Gaspard Bisson was a...
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United States Bisson migration to the United States +

Approximately 110 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. France gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the next decade. Early marriage was desperately encouraged amongst the immigrants. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. Migration to New France (Quebec) continued from France until it fell in 1759. In the year 1675 the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported to Louisiana. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The distinguished family name Bisson has made significant contributions to the culture, arts, sciences and religion of France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Bisson were

Bisson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gerrais Bisson, who was married in 1635 in America
Bisson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Bisson, who settled in New York in 1841

Canada Bisson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Antoine Bisson, son of René and Marie-Madeleine, who married Élisabeth Labadie, daughter of François and Jeanne, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on 24th January 1701 [3]
  • Antoine Bisson, son of Gervais and Marie, who married Ursule Trud, daughter of Mathurin and Marguerite, in Quebec on 24th May 1671 [3]
  • Augustin-Urbain Bisson, son of Clément-Urbain and Thérese, who married Françoise Le Meilleur, daughter of Jean and Élisabeth, in Saint-Vincent-de-Paul, Quebec on 6th July 1761 [3]
  • Clément-Urbain Bisson, son of Antoine and Élisabeth, who married Marie-Thérèse Boucher, daughter of François-Marie and Thérèse, in Sainte-Foy, Quebec on 28th July 1734 [3]
  • François Bisson, son of Joseph and Marie-Françoise, who married Michelle Dupuis, daughter of François and Jeanne, in Saint-Constant, Quebec on 7th January 1762 [3]
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Bisson Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Antoine Bisson, married in Duquet in 1671
Bisson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Elie Bisson was a member of parliament in 1891 in Beauharnois, Quebec

Australia Bisson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bisson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Bisson, aged 48, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino" [4]
  • Priscilla Bisson, aged 23, a laundress, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" [5]
  • Rachel Bisson, aged 58, a laundress, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant" [5]

New Zealand Bisson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Bisson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Philip Bisson, aged 28, a shoemaker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Esther Bisson, aged 34, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Philip Bisson, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Adolphus Bisson, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Louisa Bisson, aged 5 months, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
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Contemporary Notables of the name Bisson (post 1700) +

  • Terry Ballantine Bisson (b. 1942), American science fiction and fantasy author
  • Baptiste Pierre François Jean Gaspard Bisson, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [6]
  • Alexandre Charles Auguste Bisson (1848-1912), French playwright, and novelist
  • Claude Bisson (b. 1931), Canadian Judge of the Quebec Court of Appeal, and Communications Security Establishment Commissioner, made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1998
  • Christopher Paul Bisson (b. 1975), British actor


  1. ^ Dauzat, Albert, Morlet, Marie-Thérèse, Dictionaire Étymologique des Noms et Prénoms de France. Paris: Librairie Larousse, 1987. Print.
  2. ^ Dionne, N.-E., Origine Des Familles Canadiennes-Français. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1969. Print.
  3. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 14th August 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1854.shtml.
  5. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 25th October 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emigrant 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emigrant1854.shtml.
  6. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Baptiste Bisson. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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