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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : possibly from a diminutive of Old French bisse ‘fine linen’ (see Bisset).
  • French : (Normandy) topographic name for someone who lived in an area of scrub land or by a prominent clump of bushes, from Old French buisson ‘bush’, ‘scrub’ (a diminutive of bois ‘wood’).
  • French : A Bisson from the Maine region of France appears in the records of Quebec city for 1666, with the secondary surname Saint-Côme; another, from Comtat-Venaissin, is documented in Trois Rivières, Quebec, in 1669, with the secondary surname Provençal. Another line, from the Poitou region, is recorded in Quebec city in 1670, with the secondary surname Lépine.