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The surname Bilby 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."

Bilby Early Origins



The surname Bilby 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 [1]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" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

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Bilby Spelling Variations


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Bilby Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bilby are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Bilby include: Bilby, Bilbie, Billby, Bylby, Bilsby, Bilbye and others.

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Bilby Early History


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Bilby Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bilby research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1379, 1541, 1544, 1604, 1635 and 1730 are included under the topic Early Bilby History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bilby Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bilby Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bilby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bilby or a variant listed above:

Bilby Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Bilby, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

Bilby Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bilby, who arrived in America in 1747
  • Richard Bilby who arrived in America in 1773

Bilby Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Bilby, aged 33, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Nellie Bilby, aged 0, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • Paul Bilby, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Ruth Bilby, aged 5, who emigrated to America, in 1896

Bilby Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Horace Bilby, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1911
  • Lucy Bilby, aged 22, who settled in America from London, England, in 1911
  • Violet Esther Bilby, aged 18, who landed in America from London, England, in 1914
  • David Bilby, aged 16, who landed in America, in 1921

Bilby Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sarah Bilby, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1778

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bilby (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bilby (post 1700)



  • John S. Bilby (1832-1919), American founder of the Bilby Ranch, generally believed to be the second largest ranch in the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Kenneth W. Bilby (1918-1997), American winner of the Legion of Honor, an executive vice president of RCA
  • Grahame Paul Bilby (b. 1941), British former cricketer and footballer
  • Richard Mansfield Bilby (1931-1998), United States district judge
  • Bruce Bilby, English professor of theoretical metallurgy, University of Birmingham, England

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Citations


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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ 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)

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  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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The Bilby Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bilby Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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