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The ancient roots of the Billard family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Billard comes from when the family lived in Somerset. As a local name, it was derived from the local at the hill-garth. The name could also have been an occupational name for a hellier who was a roofer, tiler or thatcher.

Billard Early Origins



The surname Billard was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Billard Spelling Variations


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Billard 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 Billard has appeared include Hilliard, Hildyard, Hillard, Hildheard and others.

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Billard Early History


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Billard Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billard research. Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1485, 1537, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1640, 1660, 1670, 1685, 1716, 1729, 1743, 1781, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Billard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Billard Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Billard Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Hildyard (d. 1602), whose tomb is in Church of St. German in Winestead, as well as a Hildyard, Sheriff of...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Billard Notables 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



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 Billard arrived in North America very early:

Billard Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Peter Billard, who landed in New York, NY in 1804

Billard Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Jehanne Billard, who landed in Acadia in 1636
  • Pérette Billard married in 1662 in Quebec

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Contemporary Notables of the name Billard (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Billard (post 1700)



  • Barbara "Bobbi" Billard (b. 1975), American glamour model, actress, and former professional wrestler
  • Commandant Frederick C Billard (1873-1932), sixth Commandant of the United States Coast Guard from 1924 until his death
  • Pierre Joseph Billard, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Martine Billard (b. 1952), French politician, Member of the French National Assembly for Paris I (2002-2012)
  • Brian Billard, Australian politician, Member for Newland, South Australia (1979-1982)
  • Émile Billard (1852-1930), French gold medalist sailor at the 1900 Summer Olympics
  • Joël Billard (b. 1953), French politician, Member of the Senate of France
  • Lani Billard (b. 1979), Canadian actress, best known for her role as Elizabeth "Busy" Ramone on the television series Ready or Not from 1993-1997

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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    The Billard Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Billard 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 11 February 2015 at 15:44.

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