The ancient history of the Bilbrey name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in Bilbrough, a village near Tadcaster in the county of Yorkshire
. The place name appears in the 11th century in the Domesday Book
of 1086: "In Bilbrough, Christchurch, 8 carucates of land taxable. Land for 4 ploughs. Richard (son of Arnfastr) has there one plough; and 6 villagers and 2 smallholders with 2 ploughs. Woodland pasture in places. The whole, 1 league long and a half wide. Value before 1066, 44s; now 22s."
Early Origins of the Bilbrey family
The surname Bilbrey was first found in Yorkshire
, at the village of Billbrough where despite the village's long history back to the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
has a population of only 319 accordingly to the 2001 census.
Early History of the Bilbrey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bilbrey research.Another 448 words (32 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1219, 1308, 1379, 1500, 1567, and 1632 are included under the topic Early Bilbrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bilbrey 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 Bilbrey include Bilbrough, Bilbrow, Bilborough, Billeburg, Bilburgh, Bilburg, Bilbery, Billbrey and many more.
Early Notables of the Bilbrey family (pre 1700)
More information is included under the topic Early Bilbrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bilbrey 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 Bilbrey or a variant listed above: William Bilbrough who arrived in Virginia in 1650 and Joseph Bilbrough in Pennsylvania in 1828.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bilbrey (post 1700)
- James Melvin "Jim" Bilbrey (1924-1985), American Major League Baseball pitcher
- Keith Bilbrey (b. 1952), American country music disc jockey and television host