The origins of the Bilen name come from when the Anglo-Saxon
tribes ruled over Britain. The name Bilen was originally derived from a family having lived in or near the parish of Billing,
which was located in the diocese of Liverpool. The name of that place is derived from the Old English word bil,
meaning sword or halberd, and later came to indicate a pruning hook used in harvesting fruit.
Early Origins of the Bilen family
The surname Bilen was first found in Lancashire
at Chapel-End Billinge, a township and chapelry, in the parish and union of Wigan, hundred
of West Derby. "Billinge anciently gave name to a family the chief line of which terminated about the reign of Edward I., in a female heir, who married into the Heyton family." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bilen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bilen research.Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1600, 1687, 1680, 1687, 1758, 1806, 1746 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Bilen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bilen Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bilen include Billings, Billins, Billinge, Billing, Biling and others.
Early Notables of the Bilen family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Edward Byllynge (died 1687), British colonial administrator and Governor of West New Jersey from 1680 to 1687; Thomas Billings... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bilen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bilen family to the New World and Oceana
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England
at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England
. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Roger Billings who settled in Dorchester Massachusetts and was made a freeman of the town in 1643. He married Mary and had seven children from whom many of the present North American Billings are descended. Enoch Billings settled in Barbados in 1663.