The ancestors of the name Bilclif date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bilclif family lived in the village of Bilcliff,
in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire
. The name of that place is derived from the Old English word bil,
which originally referred to a sword
Early Origins of the Bilclif family
The surname Bilclif was first found in Yorkshire
, where one of the first records of the name was Thomas de Billeclyf who was listed there in 1308. Later, John Bilclif was listed in Yorkshire
in 1617. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Bilclif family
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Bilclif 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 Bilclif 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. The variations of the name Bilclif include: Billcliffe, Bilcliffe, Billcliff, Bilcliff, Billeclyf, Bilclif and many more.
Early Notables of the Bilclif family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilclif family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bilclif or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.