Billy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The lineage of the name Billy begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes in Britain. It is a result of when they lived in Somerset. As a local name, it was derived from the local at the hill-garth. The name could also have been an occupational name for a hellier who was a roofer, tiler or thatcher.

Early Origins of the Billy family

The surname Billy was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Billy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billy research. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1485, 1537, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1640, 1660, 1670, 1685, 1716, 1729, 1743, 1781, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Billy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Billy Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Billy has undergone many spelling variations, including Hilliard, Hildyard, Hillard, Hildheard and others.

Early Notables of the Billy family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Hildyard (d. 1602), whose tomb is in Church of St. German in Winestead, as well as a Hildyard, Sheriff of...
Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Billy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Billy migration to the United States

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Billy were among those contributors:

Billy Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Billy, who landed in Virginia in 1658 [1]
  • Susannah Billy, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 [1]
  • Mr Billy, who arrived in Virginia in 1695 [1]
Billy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • I Billy, who landed in America in 1778 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Billy (post 1700)

  • Buford Billy Champion (1947-2017), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1969 to 1976
  • Joe Billy McDade (b. 1937), United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois
  • Billy Connolly C.B.E. (b. 1942), born William Connolly in Anderston, Glasgow, Scottish Comedian, Musician, Present and Actor, was appointed Knights Bachelor on 17th June 2017
  • Billy McGovern Stacy (1936-2019), American NFL football player ho played from 1959 to 1963
  • Billy Sammeth (1951-2018), American talent manager, writer, and television producer and personality, known for his work with Dolly Parton, Cher and Joan Rivers
  • Billy McComb (1922-2006), Northern Ireland-born magician and comedian
  • Billy Hughes, American politician, Candidate for New Jersey State Senate, 2001
  • Sir Billy Mackie Snedden KCMG, PC, QC (1926-1987), Australian politician from Perth, Western Australia, Leader of the Opposition (1972-1975), Speaker of the House of Representatives (1976-1983)
  • Billy Steel (1923-1982), Scottish footballer from Denny, Stirlingshire, inducted into Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2006
  • Billy Timmins (b. 1959), Irish Fine Gael politician, Deputy Leader of Renua Ireland (2015-2016)

Historic Events for the Billy family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Billy, (William) Bryon (Bowman) Baird, American Seaman First Class from Indiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [2]

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from
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