The surname Billbay traces it's origins as a habitational name from the village of Bilby, a hamlet in Nottinghamshire
, now part of the civil parish of Barnby Moor. Today one must look to Australia
for some of the more interesting facts about the surname Bilby. There, the name Bilby is an Australian species of nocturnal animal and the name is a native alternative to the Easter Bunny - the Easter Bilby. But Australia's origin is far different than the hamlet in Nottinghamshire
. For there the name is borrowed from the Yuwaalaraay Aboriginal language of northern New South Wales
, and means a "long-nosed rat."
Early Origins of the Billbay family
The surname Billbay was first found in Bilby, Nottinghamshire
, a township, in the parish of Blyth. In the mid 1800s the hamlet had about 221 inhabitants and measured about 1,918 acres in size. Bielby is a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire
, and as of 2011, it had a population of 211. The village dates back to at least the Domesday Book
where it was listed as Belebi CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
in the union of Pocklington, land held by the King in Yorkshire
and was derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name
+ by as in "farmstead or village of a man called Beli" CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Billbay family
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Billbay Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Billbay family name include Bilby, Bilbie, Billby, Bylby, Bilsby, Bilbye and others.
Early Notables of the Billbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billbay family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Billbay surname or a spelling variation of the name include: William Bilby, who arrived in America in 1747 and Richard Bilby who arrived in America in 1773.