The ancient name Bysse is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to 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 Bysse family
The surname Bysse 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 Bysse family
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Bysse Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bysse were recorded, including Biss, Bisse and others.
Early Notables of the Bysse family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bysse family to Ireland
Some of the Bysse family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Bysse family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bysse arrived in North America very early:
Bysse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Bysse, who arrived in Maryland in 1669 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)
The Bysse 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.