BISHOPP Family History
This interesting name is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "biscop, bisceop", bishop, in Middle English "biscop". The ultimate origin is from the Greek "episkopos", overseer, from "epi", on, over, with "skopein", to look. The early Christians adopted the Greek word for the overseers of their local communities, and derivatives of the term are now found in every European language, for example "obispo", in Spanish, and "Bischof" in German. In England the surname from "bishop" was applied for a number of reasons; for service in the household of a bishop; for some supposed resemblance to the bearing or appearance of a bishop; or from selection as the "boy bishop" on St.