Billanger is a name that came to England
in the 11th century wave of migration that was set off by the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Billanger family lived in Nottingham
in the midlands of England
. However, the family was originally descended from the Bellengers, the Knights of Facomberg in Picardy, France and the name has been corrupted from the name of the French Boulanger family, who were chevaliers (knights) of Hainaut and Flanders.
Early Origins of the Billanger family
The surname Billanger was first found in Nottingham
in the midlands of England
where they held a family seat
from very early times, and granted large estates in that shire, by William the Conqueror, their liege lord.
Early History of the Billanger family
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Billanger Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Billanger has been recorded under many different variations, including Ballenger, Ballinger, Bellinger, Bellenger and others.
Early Notables of the Billanger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billanger family to Ireland
Some of the Billanger family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Billanger family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Billangers were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: Frederick Bellinger who settled in New York State in 1710; Henry Bellinger settled in New York in 1709; Marcus Bellinger arrived in New York in 1710; Ann Bellinger settled in Barbados in 1654.