The surname Bilesbay 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."
Early Origins of the Bilesbay family
The surname Bilesbay 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 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" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Bilesbay family
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Bilesbay Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations
under which the name Bilesbay has appeared include Bilby, Bilbie, Billby, Bylby, Bilsby, Bilbye and others.
Early Notables of the Bilesbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilesbay family to the New World and Oceana
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England
at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Bilesbay arrived in North America very early: William Bilby, who arrived in America in 1747 and Richard Bilby who arrived in America in 1773.