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Bishop Family History

Bishop Name Meaning
English: from Middle English biscop, Old English bisc(e)op ‘bishop’, which comes via Latin from Greek episkopos ‘overseer’. The Greek word was adopted early in the Christian era as a title for an overseer of a local community of Christians, and has yielded cognates in every European language: French évêque, Italian vescovo, Spanish obispo, Russian yepiskop, German Bischof, etc. The English surname has probably absorbed at least some of these continental European cognates. The word came to be applied as a surname for a variety of reasons, among them service in the household of a bishop, supposed resemblance in bearing or appearance to a bishop, and selection as the ‘boy bishop’ on St. Nicholas’s Day.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Bishop Families

  • Number of Bishop families
     687 - 1,372
     230 - 686
     1 - 229
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Bishop families
     2,044 - 4,085
     682 - 2,043
     1 - 681
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Bishop families
     155 - 308
     52 - 154
     1 - 51
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Bishop Family Origin

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Bishop Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Bishop

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Bishop Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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