Bilanger is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Bilanger 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 Bilanger family
The surname Bilanger 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.
Early History of the Bilanger family
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Bilanger Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Ballenger, Ballinger, Bellinger, Bellenger and others.
Early Notables of the Bilanger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilanger family to Ireland
Some of the Bilanger 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bilanger family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Bilanger or a variant listed above: Frederick Bellinger who settled in New York State in 1710; Henry Bellinger settled in New York in 1709; Marcus Bellinger arrived in New York in 1710; Ann Bellinger settled in Barbados in 1654.