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The name Bisson is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived at Bishton in Worcestershire.

Bisson Early Origins



The surname Bisson was first found in Worcestershire where they held a family seat. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name, a contraction of the 12th century original Bissopeston, was first referenced in the year 1199.when William de Bissopeston held estates in Worcestershire.

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Bisson Spelling Variations


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Bisson Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Bisson has been spelled many different ways, including Bisson, Bison, Bishopston, Bishton, Bisston and others.

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Bisson Early History


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Bisson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bisson research. Another 327 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1221 and 1227 are included under the topic Early Bisson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bisson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bisson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bisson 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Bissons to arrive in North America:

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 settled in New York in 1841

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

Bisson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Bisson, aged 48, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Navarino"
  • Priscilla Bisson, aged 23, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant"
  • Rachel Bisson, aged 58, a laundress, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emigrant"

Bisson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip Bisson, aged 28, a shoemaker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Esther Bisson, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Philip Bisson, aged 5, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Adolphus Bisson, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • Louisa Bisson, aged 5 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cartvale" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bisson (post 1700)


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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
  • Christopher Paul Bisson (b. 1975), British actor
  • 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
  • Alexandre Charles Auguste Bisson (1848-1912), French playwright, and novelist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. 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.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    11. ...

    The Bisson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bisson 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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