The ancestors of the name Billesdan date back to the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Billesdan family lived in one of several places called Bilton
in the counties of Northumberland
, or Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Billesdan family
The surname Billesdan was first found in Yorkshire
at Bilton, a chapelry, in the parish of Swine, union of Skirlaugh, Middle division of the wapentake
of Holderness. "This place, called in Domesday Book
Biletone, at an early period gave name to a family resident here." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
As previous mentioned, there are numerous places name Bilton and part of the reason is that the place name literally means "farmstead of a man called Bill or Billa." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bilston(e) is similarly popular with places in Staffordshire
Early History of the Billesdan family
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Billesdan Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Billesdan are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Billesdan include: Bilton, Biltoune, Bilston, Bilson, Bilsden and many more.
Early Notables of the Billesdan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billesdan family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Billesdan or a variant listed above: John Bilson who settled in Virginia in 1654; Stafford Bilson settled in Virginia in 1653; William Bilson settled in New England
in 1752; Henry Billson settled in Philadelphia in 1868..