Billesbay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Billesbay family

The surname Billesbay was first found in Lincolnshire at Bilsby, a parish, in the hundred of Calceworth, Lincolnshire. This village was listed as Billesbi in the Domesday Book [1] and meant "farmstead or village of a man called Bildr from the Old Norse personal name "by" [2] Alternatively the name could have come from Beelsby, a village in North East Lincolnshire. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Beelsby, held by Godric the King's Steward, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086. At that time, Beelsby held 3 mills.

Important Dates for the Billesbay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billesbay research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1604, 1510, 1600, 1097, 1190, 1484 and 1550 are included under the topic Early Billesbay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Billesbay Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Billesbay family name include Billesby, Billsby, Beelsby, Belsby, Bilsby, Bilbie, Bilsbie and many more.

Early Notables of the Billesbay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Billesbay family

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Billesbay family to immigrate North America: Clemence Byllesby, aged 19, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1919; Henry M. Byllesby, aged 60, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1918; Henry W. Byllesby, aged 55, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1913.

Citations

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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