The founding heritage of the Bilier family is in the Anglo-Saxon
culture that once dominated in Britain. The name Bilier comes from when one of the family worked as a bell-founder
or a bellringer.
The surname Bilier is derived from the Old English word belle,
which means bell.
Early Origins of the Bilier family
The surname Bilier was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. The parish of Kirby Bellars in Leicestershire
takes its name from the foundation of a college there in 1359 during the reign of Edward II. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Bilier family
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Bilier 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. Bilier has been spelled many different ways, including Beller, Bellere, Bellier, Biller, Billere, Billier, Billers and many more.
Early Notables of the Bilier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilier family to the New World and Oceana
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 Biliers to arrive in North America: Martin Biller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732.