The ancient name Bisse 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 Bisse family
The surname Bisse 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 Bisse family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bisse research.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1667, 1721, 1710, 1713, 1713, 1721, 1709, 1711, 1731, 1615, 1602, 1680, 1630 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Bisse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bisse 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 Bisse were recorded, including Biss, Bisse and others.
Early Notables of the Bisse family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Philip Bisse (1667-1721), an English Bishop of St David's (1710-1713) and Bishop of Hereford (1713-1721.) He was a native of Oldbury in Gloucestershire
. "The bishop published several of his sermons. One was preached before the House of Commons 15 March 1709, being the day appointed for a general fast, and another... Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bisse Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bisse family to Ireland
Some of the Bisse family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 64 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bisse 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 Bisse arrived in North America very early:
Bisse Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Bisse, who arrived in Maryland in 1650 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)
- Matthew Bisse, who settled in Virginia in 1654
Bisse Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Bisse, who settled in New England in 1742
The Bisse 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.
Bisse Family Crest Products
- ^ 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)