The surname Bilbay traces it's origins as a habitational name from the village of Bilby, a hamlet in Nottinghamshire
, now part of the civil parish of Barnby Moor. Today one must look to Australia
for some of the more interesting facts about the surname Bilby. There, the name Bilby is an Australian species of nocturnal animal and the name is a native alternative to the Easter Bunny - the Easter Bilby. But Australia's origin is far different than the hamlet in Nottinghamshire
. For there the name is borrowed from the Yuwaalaraay Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales
, and means a "long-nosed rat."
Early Origins of the Bilbay family
The surname Bilbay was first found in Bilby, Nottinghamshire
, a township, in the parish of Blyth. In the mid 1800s the hamlet had about 221 inhabitants and measured about 1,918 acres in size. Bielby is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire
, and as of 2011, it had a population of 211. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Belebi CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in the union of Pocklington, land held by the King in Yorkshire
and was derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name
+ by as in "farmstead or village of a man called Beli" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Bilbay family
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Bilbay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Bilbay include Bilby, Bilbie, Billby, Bylby, Bilsby, Bilbye and others.
Early Notables of the Bilbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilbay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bilbay or a variant listed above: William Bilby, who arrived in America in 1747 and Richard Bilby who arrived in America in 1773.