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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bish"op
Senses
  1. A spiritual overseer, superintendent, or director."Ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls." [1 Pet. ii. 25.]"It is a fact now generally recognized by theologians of all shades of opinion, that in the language of the New Testament the same officer in the church is called indifferently “bishop” ( � ) and “elder” or “presbyter.”" [J. B. Lightfoot.]
  2. In the Roman Catholic, Greek, and Anglican or Protestant Episcopal churches, one ordained to the highest order of the ministry, superior to the priesthood, and generally claiming to be a successor of the Apostles. The bishop is usually the spiritual head or ruler of a diocese, bishopric, or see.
  3. In the Methodist Episcopal and some other churches, one of the highest church officers or superintendents.
  4. A piece used in the game of chess, bearing a representation of a bishop's miter; -- formerly called archer.
  5. A beverage, being a mixture of wine, oranges or lemons, and sugar.
  6. An old name for a woman's bustle.(U. S)"If, by her bishop, or her “grace” alone, A genuine lady, or a church, is known." [Saxe.]

Etymology: OE. bischop biscop bisceop, AS. bisceop biscop, L. episcopus overseer, superintendent, bishop, fr. Gr. over + inspector, fr. root of , to look to, perh. akin to L. specere to look at. See Spy, and cf. Episcopal

verb Bish"op
To admit into the church by confirmation; to confirm; hence, to receive formally to favor.
verb Bish"op
To make seem younger, by operating on the teeth; as, to bishop an old horse or his teeth.

Note: The plan adopted is to cut off all the nippers with a saw to the proper length, and then with a cutting instrument the operator scoops out an oval cavity in the corner nippers, which is afterwards burnt with a hot iron until it is black. J. H. Walsh.

Etymology: From the name of the scoundrel who first practiced it. Youatt

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (chess) a piece that can be moved diagonally over unoccupied squares of the same color
  2. Port wine mulled with oranges and cloves
  3. A senior member of the Christian clergy having spiritual and administrative authority; appointed in Christian churches to oversee priests or ministers; considered in some churches to be successors of the twelve Apostles of Christ
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​.
  2. A self-propelled 25-pounder vehicle produced by the United Kingdom during the Second World War, so called from a supposed resemblance to a bishop's miter.
  3. A city in California.
  4. A town in Georgia, USA.
  5. A city in Texas.
  6. Alternative letter-case form of bishop, particularly as a title or term of address.

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Bishop Sankey is a football player for the Tennessee Titans. Bishop was born on September 15th, 1992 in Wadsworth, Ohio.

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Bishop Nehru is a hip hop music rapping. He was most prominent from 2010 to present. Bishop was given the name Markel Scott on August 26th, 1996. Bishop is also known as Bishy Chulo, Scott, and Markel.

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Bishop Lamont is a hip hop music rapping and singing. He was most active from 2004 to present. Bishop was given the name Philip Martin on October 31st, 1978. Bishop is also known as Bishop.

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Bishop is also known as Monseigneur Bienvenu.

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Bishop Edward Daly is a christian bishop. Bishop was born on December 5th, 1933.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Bishop

Jamie Foxx is an actor, singer, and comedian. He has been prominent since 1985. Jamie was given the name Eric Marlon Bishop on December 13th, 1967 in Terrell, Texas, United States.

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Joey Bishop was a film, television, actor, comedian, and televisionactor. Joey was given the name Joseph Abraham Gottlieb on February 3rd, 1918 in The Bronx, New York. He passed away on October 17th, 2007.

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Kelly Bishop is an actress. She has been prominent since 1962. Kelly was given the name Carole Bishop on February 28th, 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

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Jr. was given the name William Bradford Bishop, Jr. on August 1st, 1936 in Pasadena, California. Jr. is also known as Bradford Bishop, Brad Bishop, and Jr..

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Elizabeth Bishop was a writer. Elizabeth was born on February 8th, 1911 in Worcester, Massachusetts, US. She died on October 6th, 1979.

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How popular is the baby name Bishop in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 12 0 12
1881 8 0 8
1882 11 0 11
1883 10 0 10
1884 11 0 11
1885 12 0 12
1886 8 0 8
1888 11 0 11
1889 10 0 10
1890 19 0 19
1892 11 0 11
1893 11 0 11
1894 6 0 6
1895 10 0 10
1896 20 0 20
1897 12 0 12
1898 14 0 14
1899 7 0 7
1900 18 0 18
1902 9 0 9
1903 9 0 9
1904 6 0 6
1905 15 0 15
1906 12 0 12
1907 17 0 17
1908 10 0 10
1909 15 0 15
1910 11 0 11
1911 12 0 12
1912 25 0 25
1913 22 0 22
1914 30 0 30
1915 40 0 40
1916 34 0 34
1917 25 0 25
1918 38 0 38
1919 37 0 37
1920 40 0 40
1921 45 0 45
1922 38 0 38
1923 30 0 30
1924 33 0 33
1925 21 0 21
1926 37 0 37
1927 26 0 26
1928 20 0 20
1929 23 0 23
1930 20 0 20
1931 26 0 26
1932 21 0 21
1933 18 0 18
1934 12 0 12
1935 19 0 19
1936 23 0 23
1937 21 0 21
1938 16 0 16
1939 11 0 11
1940 12 0 12
1941 29 0 29
1942 16 0 16
1943 15 0 15
1944 21 0 21
1945 23 0 23
1946 22 0 22
1947 22 0 22
1948 22 0 22
1949 18 0 18
1950 17 0 17
1951 17 0 17
1952 16 0 16
1953 25 0 25
1954 18 0 18
1955 21 0 21
1956 24 0 24
1957 15 0 15
1958 11 0 11
1959 9 0 9
1960 8 0 8
1961 12 0 12
1962 16 0 16
1963 14 0 14
1964 9 0 9
1965 9 0 9
1966 11 0 11
1967 8 0 8
1968 8 0 8
1969 9 0 9
1971 11 0 11
1972 8 0 8
1973 7 0 7
1974 9 0 9
1975 12 0 12
1976 5 0 5
1977 14 0 14
1978 12 0 12
1979 20 0 20
1980 10 0 10
1981 9 0 9
1982 16 0 16
1983 7 0 7
1984 8 0 8
1985 6 0 6
1986 13 0 13
1987 8 0 8
1988 10 0 10
1989 15 0 15
1990 15 0 15
1991 15 0 15
1992 39 0 39
1993 54 0 54
1994 100 0 100
1995 86 0 86
1996 78 0 78
1997 92 0 92
1998 144 0 144
1999 133 0 133
2000 121 0 121
2001 117 0 117
2002 109 0 109
2003 141 5 136
2004 112 0 112
2005 151 0 151
2006 158 0 158
2007 168 0 168
2008 170 0 170
2009 175 0 175
2010 163 0 163
2011 163 0 163
2012 184 0 184
2013 158 0 158
2014 189 0 189
2015 207 0 207
2016 187 0 187
2017 211 6 205

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Popularity of Bishop as a first name

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Popularity of Bishop as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Bishop U.S.
  White 84.44% 64.26%
  African American 10.14% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.61% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.57% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.86% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.37% 16.26%

Of Last Name Bishop

People with the last name Bishop are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Bishop

  • What name lists does Bishop rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Bishop? Bishop is the 3,610th most popular name of all time. As a last name Bishop was the 262nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Bishop have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,405 babies born with the first name Bishop in the United States. That's more than enough people named Bishop to occupy the territory of Montserrat (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 4,922 (as of May 12, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bishop? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 12 new born babies.
  • When was Bishop first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bishop is Wednesday, March 15th, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Bishop born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bishop was in 2015 with a total of 207 babies.
  • Random Bishop Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Bishop is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Bishop: Your name in reverse order is Pohsib. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Siohpb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Bishop? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 116,618 people with the last name Bishop.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Bishop? Bishop was ranked as the 262nd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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