name Bistons comes from when the family resided at Bishton in Worcestershire.
. 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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The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Bistons has been recorded under many different variations, including Bisson, Bison, Bishopston, Bishton, Bisston and others.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Bistons or a variant listed above: John Bison settled in Maryland in 1665; Alexander Bisson settled in New York in 1841.