name Billcliffe comes from the family having resided 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
Early Origins of the Billcliffe family
The surname Billcliffe was first found in 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 Billcliffe family
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Billcliffe Spelling Variations
Billcliffe has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Billcliffe, Bilcliffe, Billcliff, Bilcliff, Billeclyf, Bilclif and many more.
Early Notables of the Billcliffe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billcliffe family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Billcliffes to arrive on North American shores: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.