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The many generations and branches of the Bill family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member 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.

Bill Early Origins



The surname Bill 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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Bill Spelling Variations


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Bill Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bill were recorded, including Bill, Bills, Billes and others.

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Bill Early History


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Bill Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bill 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 Bill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bill Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Bill In Ireland


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Bill In Ireland



Some of the Bill 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



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bill family emigrate to North America:

Bill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Willen Bill, aged 28, arrived in St Christopher in 1634
  • Jo Bill, aged 13, arrived in America in 1635
  • Marie Bill, aged 11, landed in America in 1635
  • Walter Bill, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • John Bill, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1638
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Bill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Thomas Bill, who landed in New York, NY in 1812
  • E L Bill, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • J Bill, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Samual Bill, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Oscar Bill, who landed in Wisconsin in 1921

Bill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Eliza Bill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bussorah Merchant" in 1848
  • J. Bill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bill (post 1700)



  • Alfred Hoyt Bill (1879-1964), American writer
  • Tony Bill (b. 1940), American director, actor, and screenwriter
  • Charles Bill (1843-1915), British Conservative Party Member of Parliament (MP) Leek (1892 to 1906)
  • Max Bill (b. 1908), Swiss writer, architect, and politician
  • Robert L Bill, Associate Professor of Basic Medical Sciences, Director of Veterinary Technology at the School of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. 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.
    8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    11. ...

    The Bill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bill 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 19 November 2016 at 16:45.

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