Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a maker of polearms or halberds and billhooks as these were common weapons in early times. The name could also be a baptismal name derived from son of William, although this latter origin is less likely.
Early Origins of the Bille family
Somerset, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Bille family
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Bille Spelling Variations
spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bille family name include Bill, Bills, Billes and others.
Early Notables of the Bille family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bille family to Ireland
Some of the Bille family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Bille family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, 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 Bille surname or a spelling variation of the name include :
Bille Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Bille (post 1700)
The Bille Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Omne solum patria
Motto Translation: Every land is a man's country.
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