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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Bysh was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was a a person who habitually dresses in drab or murky colors. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English word bis, meaning dingy or murky.

Bysh Early Origins



The surname Bysh was first found in Hertfordshire where they held a family seat from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest of England by Duke William in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Aluric Bysch, a Norman noble, who attended William at the Battle of Hastings.

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Bysh Early History


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Bysh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bysh research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1833, 1615 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Bysh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bysh Spelling Variations


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Bysh Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bysh, Bish, Bishe, Byshe, Bisshe, Bysshe and others.

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Bysh Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bysh Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bysh 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bysh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Bysh, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Caroline Bysh, aged 21, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875

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