The surname Billbey 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 Billbey family
The surname Billbey 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 Billbey family
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Billbey Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Billbey are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Billbey include: Bilby, Bilbie, Billby, Bylby, Bilsby, Bilbye and others.
Early Notables of the Billbey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billbey family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Billbey or a variant listed above: William Bilby, who arrived in America in 1747 and Richard Bilby who arrived in America in 1773.