Billinger History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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.
Early Origins of the Billinger family
The surname Billinger was 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.
Important Dates for the Billinger family
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Billinger Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Billinger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billinger family to Ireland
Some of the Billinger family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Billinger migration to the United States
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 United States in the 18th Century
- Johann Friederich Billinger, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1751
Billinger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andreas Billinger, aged 1, who 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 
Contemporary Notables of the name Billinger (post 1700)
- Karl Billinger (1902-1979), pseudonym of Paul Wilhelm Massing, a German sociologist, best known for his autobiographic novel Schutzhäftling 880, published in 1935 which was dedicated to all comrades in concentration camps
- Richard Billinger (1893-1965), popular Austrian novelist of rural life
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)