The ancient name Bysshe 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 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 Bysshe family
The surname Bysshe 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 Bysshe family
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Bysshe 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 Bysshe were recorded, including Bysh, Bish, Bishe, Byshe, Bisshe, Bysshe and others.
Early Notables of the Bysshe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bysshe 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 Bysshe arrived in North America very early: 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bysshe (post 1700)
- Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822), English Romantic poet, regarded as among the finest lyric poets in the English language, novelist Mary Shelley was his second wife
- Sir Bysshe Shelley (1731-1815), 1st Baronet of Castle Goring, grandfather of Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley