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The history of the Bilcliff family goes back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the family living 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 or halberd.

Bilcliff Early Origins



The surname Bilcliff 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. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Bilcliff Spelling Variations


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Bilcliff 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 Bilcliff include Billcliffe, Bilcliffe, Billcliff, Bilcliff, Billeclyf, Bilclif and many more.

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Bilcliff Early History


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Bilcliff Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bilcliff research. Another 469 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1308, 1500, 1615, 1617, 1668, 1788 and 1793 are included under the topic Early Bilcliff History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bilcliff Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bilcliff Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Bilcliff 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bilcliff Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Arthur Bilcliff, aged 19, a grocer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Elizabeth Bilcliff, aged 55, a housekeeper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Matilda Bilcliff, aged 28, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Zepporah Bilcliff, aged 22, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Annie Bilcliff, aged 13, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

Other References

  1. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  3. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  9. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Bilcliff Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bilcliff 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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