Bizet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Bizet is derived from the ancient Teutonic personal name Biset, whose meaning is now lost.

Early Origins of the Bizet family

The surname Bizet 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.

One of the first records of the family was Baldred Bisset or Bissait ( fl. 1303), a native of the county of Stirling who became Rector of Kinghorn, in the diocese of St. Andrews. "When in 1300 and 1301 a discussion arose between the pope Boniface VIII, King Edward of England, and the Scottish government, with regard to the independence of Scotland, Bisset was appointed one of the commissioners to the Pope to represent the claims of Scotland. " [1]

Early History of the Bizet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bizet research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1174, 1198, 1242, 1568, 1679, 1758, 1834, 1782, 1758, 1771, 1775, 1779 and 1782 are included under the topic Early Bizet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bizet Spelling Variations

The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. 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 Bizet has also been spelled Bissett, Bisset, Bisside, Bisseth, Bizet, Biseth and others.

Early Notables of the Bizet family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Peter Bisset, Bissat or Bissart (d. 1568), Professor of Canon Law in the University of Bologna, Italy. He was a native of the county of Fife, and a descendant by a previous marriage of Sir Thomas Bisset...
Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bizet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Bizet family to Ireland

Some of the Bizet family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 118 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Canada Bizet migration to Canada +

Some of the first North American settlers with Bizet name or one of its variants:

  • Jean-Pierre Bizet, son of Paul-Daniel and Angélique, who married Charlotte Haguenier, daughter of Pierre and Louise, in Montreal, Quebec on 27th November 1747 [2]
  • Paul-Daniel Bizet, son of Jacques and Catherine, married Angélique Guérin, daughter of Silvain and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 20th November 1716 [2]
  • Daniel Bizet, son of Jacques and Catherine, who married Marie-Anne Goguet, daughter of Pierre and Anne, in Longueuil, Quebec on 19th June 1730 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bizet (post 1700) +

  • Alexandre César Léopold Bizet (1838-1875), known as Georges Bizet, the French composer of the romantic era

The Bizet 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.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958. on Facebook
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