Norman Conquest of England in 1066, the name Byshe was recognized on the island as a name for 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 Byshe family
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.
Early History of the Byshe family
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Byshe Spelling Variations
spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bysh, Bish, Bishe, Byshe, Bisshe, Bysshe and others.
Early Notables of the Byshe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Byshe family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Byshe or a variant listed above: John Bish who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682; Leonard, Sebastian and Theobald Bish landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1170 and 1851; James Bishe settled in Jamaica in 1685.
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