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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

Similar surnames: Biskup, Bischoff, Visco, Biss, Biscoe, Bisso, Fish, Hyslop, Ison

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Bishop Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Bishop. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • France


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Bishop Family Origin

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Bishop Family Occupations

What did your Bishop ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Bishop family was Farming. The most common Bishop occupation in the USA was Farmer. 41% of Bishop's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Bishop.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Farming


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Bishop Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 955,000 census records available for the last name Bishop. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bishop census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 74,000 immigration records available for the last name Bishop. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 140,000 military records available for the last name Bishop. For the veterans among your Bishop ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Bishop Life Expectancy

What is the average Bishop lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bishop life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Bishop in 1940 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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