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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • English or Welsh (Bristol and Gwent) : perhaps a variant of Biss.
  • German : from Middle Low German bēse ‘reed’, ‘bulrush’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who used reeds in his work, for example a brush maker.
  • Americanized spelling of Biese, a North German variant of 2.

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