The proud Norman name of Byce was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for a person with a dark complexion or person who dressed in dark clothing. The name stems from the Old English root bis,
which means dingy
Early Origins of the Byce family
The surname Byce was first found in Surrey
, where they had been granted lands by King William, their liege Lord, after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Byce family
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Byce Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Byce have been found, including Biss, Bisse and others.
Early Notables of the Byce family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byce family to Ireland
Some of the Byce family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Byce family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Byce were among those contributors:
Byce Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Christy Byce, aged 22, who arrived in New York, NY in 1855 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
Byce Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Robert Byce, aged 29, who settled in America, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Byce (post 1700)
- John Byce (b. 1967), retired American NHL ice hockey winger
The Byce 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: Ayez prudence
Motto Translation: Have prudence.