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

The name Bilton is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in one of several places called Bilton in the counties of Northumberland, Warwickshire, Essex, or Yorkshire.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bilton were recorded, including Bilton, Biltoune, Bilston, Bilson, Bilsden and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bilton research. Another 109 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 165 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Bilton History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Bilton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bilton family emigrate to North America:

Bilton Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Mr.. W.H. Bilton, aged 62, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
  • Marie Bilton, aged 48, who landed in America from Sheffield, in 1905
  • John H. Bilton, aged 35, who landed in America from Doncaster, in 1906
  • Edwin D. Bilton, aged 43, who settled in America from Middlesboro, England, in 1913
  • Henry Bilton, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1917


  • Percy Bilton, English Company Chairman and Philanthropist
  • Michael Bilton (1919-1993), English television actor
  • John Michael Bilton, English football coach and former player
  • James H. Bilton (1908-1988), English-born, Canadian politician in Manitoba
  • Alan Bilton, British academic and novelist


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  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

The Bilton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bilton 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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