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The founding heritage of the Biles family is in the Anglo-Saxon culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Biles comes from when one of the family worked as a maker of polearms or halberds and billhooks as these were common weapons in early times. The name could also be a baptismal name derived from son of William, although this latter origin is less likely.

Biles Early Origins



The surname Biles was first found in Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

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Biles Spelling Variations


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Biles Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Biles has been spelled many different ways, including Bill, Bills, Billes and others.

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Biles Early History


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Biles Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biles research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1500, 1667, 1505, 1561, 1547, 1551, 1548, 1551, 1553, 1558, 1561, 1558, 1561, 1560, 1561 and are included under the topic Early Biles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Biles Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Biles In Ireland


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Biles In Ireland



Some of the Biles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Biless to arrive in North America:

Biles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Biles, who landed in New Jersey in 1678
  • William Biles, who arrived in New Jersey in 1679
  • William Biles (1644-1710), born in Dorchester, Dorset settled in Falls Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1679, he was granted 50,000 acres and became a Justice for the 1st Provincial Supreme Court in 1681
  • William Biles, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1679
  • Charles Biles, who arrived in New Jersey in 1679
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Biles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Andres De Biles, who arrived in America in 1828
  • Edwin Biles, aged 36, landed in New York in 1868

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Contemporary Notables of the name Biles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Biles (post 1700)



  • Martin Biles (b. 1919), American javelin thrower at the 1948 Summer Olympics
  • Simone Arianne Biles (b. 1997), American gold, silver and bronze medalist artistic gymnast, the 2012 Junior National Champion
  • Daniel Biles, American Justice on the Kansas Supreme Court (2009-)
  • Ed Biles (b. 1931), retired American NFL football coach
  • Keith Robert Biles JP, British born, Falkland Islands banker and politician, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of the Falkland Islands (2009-)
  • Oliver Biles (b. 1990), British-born Asian actor

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Omne solum patria
Motto Translation: Every land is a man's country.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    4. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    5. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Biles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Biles 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 February 2016 at 14:41.

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