The surname Billby 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 Billby family
The surname Billby 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 Billby family
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Billby Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Billby has been recorded under many different variations, including Bilby, Bilbie, Billby, Bylby, Bilsby, Bilbye and others.
Early Notables of the Billby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billby family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Billby or a variant listed above: William Bilby, who arrived in America in 1747 and Richard Bilby who arrived in America in 1773.