Show ContentsBiller History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The many generations and branches of the Biller family can all place the origins of their surname with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name reveals that an early member worked as a bell-founder or a bellringer. The surname Biller is derived from the Old English word belle, which means bell.

Early Origins of the Biller family

The surname Biller was first found in Cambridgeshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times. The parish of Kirby Bellars in Leicestershire takes its name from the foundation of a college there in 1359 during the reign of Edward II. [1]

One of the first records of the family was Roger de Beler (d. 1326), an English judge, who was son of William Beler, and grandson of Roger Beler, Sheriff of Lincolnshire in 1256. "That the family was settled in Leicestershire we know from a license obtained by the judge in 1316 to grant a lay fee in Kirkby-by-Melton, on the Wrethek in that county, to the warden and chaplains of St. Peter, on condition of their performing religious services for the benefit of the souls of himself and his wife Alicia, his father and mother, and ancestry generally." [2]

Early History of the Biller family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Biller research. Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1275, 1500, 1666, 1726, 1687, 1750, 1654, 1725, 1687, 1654 and 1727 are included under the topic Early Biller History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Biller Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Biller were recorded, including Beller, Bellere, Bellier, Biller, Billere, Billier, Billers and many more.

Early Notables of the Biller family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Fettiplace Bellers (1687-1750?), English dramatist and philosophical writer, son of John Bellers (1654-1725) and Frances Bellers, was born in the parish of St. Andrew's, Holborn, London, 23 Sept. 1687. His father was a philanthropist, born about 1654 and was a member of the Society of Friends. "When about thirty years old he married Frances...
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Biller Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Biller Ranking

In the United States, the name Biller is the 8,965th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Biller migration to the United States +

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Biller family emigrate to North America:

Biller Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Martin Biller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
  • Phillip Cabal Biller, aged 22, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [4]
  • Christoph Fried Biller, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [4]
  • Georg Adam Biller, who arrived in America in 1778 [4]
Biller Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Fco Biller, aged 30, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825 [4]
  • Marino Biller, aged 16, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1825 [4]
  • Augustin Biller, aged 55, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1829 [4]
  • Louis Biller, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [4]
  • George Biller, who arrived in America in 1854 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Biller (post 1700) +

  • John Arthur Biller (1879-1960), American sliver and bronze Olympic medalist for high jump and long jump at the 1904 Summer Games [5]
  • Kenneth Biller, American television producer, television writer and television director
  • Henry Biller, American author and professor of psychology at the University of Rhode Island
  • Georg Christoph Biller (1955-2022), German choral conductor of the Thomanerchor from Nebra, Bezirk Halle, Germany (1992-2015), the 16th Thomaskantor since Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Maxim Biller (b. 1960), German writer
  • Stefanie Biller (b. 1985), long-distance swimmer from Germany

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Athletes - Famous Olympic Athletes, Medalists, Sports Heroes. (Retrieved 2010, September 30) John Biller. Retrieved from on Facebook