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Where did the English Billinger family come from? What is the English Billinger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Billinger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Billinger family history?

Billinger is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Billinger family lived in Nottingham in the midlands of England. However, the family was originally descended from the Bellengers, the Knights of Facomberg in Picardy, France and the name has been corrupted from the name of the French Boulanger family, who were chevaliers (knights) of Hainaut and Flanders.

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Ballenger, Ballinger, Bellinger, Bellenger and others.

First found in Nottingham in the midlands of England where they held a family seat from very early times, and granted large estates in that shire, by William the Conqueror, their liege lord.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billinger research. Another 177 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1200 and 1721 are included under the topic Early Billinger History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Billinger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Billinger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Billinger name or one of its variants:

Billinger Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Johann Friederich Billinger settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1751

Billinger Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Andreas Billinger, aged 1, arrived in New York in 1875
  • Andrew Billinger, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1875
  • Johannes Billinger, who arrived in New York, NY in 1878
  • John Billinger, who arrived in Kansas in 1878

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  • Richard Billinger (1893-1965), popular Austrian novelist of rural life


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  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
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The Billinger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Billinger Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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