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Bishop Name Meaning

English: from Middle English bissop 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 word came to be applied as a surname for a variety of reasons among them a supposed resemblance in bearing or appearance to a bishop and selection as the ‘boy bishop’ on Saint Nicholas's Feast Day. In some instances the surname is from the rare Middle English (Old English) personal name Biscop ‘bishop’. As an Irish surname it is adopted for Mac Giolla Easpaig meaning ‘servant of the bishop’ (see Gillespie ). In North America this surname has absorbed by assimilation and translation at least some of continental European cognates e.g. German Bischoff Polish Rusyn Czech and Slovak Biskup Slovenian Škof (see Skoff ).

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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You can see how Bishop families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bishop family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bishop families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 412 Bishop families living in New York. This was about 21% of all the recorded Bishop's in USA. New York had the highest population of Bishop families in 1840.
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What did your Bishop ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Bishop. 16% of Bishop men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Bishop women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bishop were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    16%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Stenographer
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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 Cards

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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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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