The ancestors of the bearers of the Billanay family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England
. They were first found in the parish of Bilney
. The name literally means the dweller by the stream.
Early Origins of the Billanay family
The surname Billanay was first found in Norfolk
at East Bilney, a parish, in the union of Mitford and Launditch, hundred
of Launditch. The place name literally means "island near a ridge," or "island of a man called Bil(l)a," from the Old English word "bile," or the Old English personal name
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
West Bilney dates back to the Domesday Book
of 1086 where it was listed as Bilenei CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and East Bilney dates back to 1254 when it was first listed a Billney. "Thomas Bilney (c.
1495-1531), a learned divine, who was burnt at Norwich, in the year 1531, for preaching against popery, is said to have been born here." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Billanay family
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Billanay Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Billanay include Bilney, Bilnie, Bylyne, Bilneye, Bilnye, Bilnay and others.
Early Notables of the Billanay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billanay family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Billanay or a variant listed above: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World by the 19th century.