The Norman Conquest
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.
Early Origins of the Bysh family
The surname Bysh was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
from early times, soon after the Norman Conquest
by Duke William in 1066 A.D. They were descended from Aluric Bysch, a Norman noble, who attended William at the Battle of Hastings.
Early History of the Bysh family
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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.
Early Notables of the Bysh family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bysh family to the New World and Oceana
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