Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in the village of Bilcliff, in the West Riding of the county of Yorkshire. The name of that place is derived from the Old English word bil, which originally referred to a sword or halberd.
Early Origins of the Billcliff family
Yorkshire, where one of the first records of the name was Thomas de Billeclyf who was listed there in 1308. Later, John Bilclif was listed in Yorkshire in 1617. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Billcliff family
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Billcliff Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Billcliff has undergone many spelling variations, including Billcliffe, Bilcliffe, Billcliff, Bilcliff, Billeclyf, Bilclif and many more.
Early Notables of the Billcliff family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billcliff family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Billcliff were among those contributors: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
Contemporary Notables of the name Billcliff (post 1700)
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