The ancient history of the Billesden name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in one of several places called Bilton
in the counties of Northumberland
, or Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Billesden family
The surname Billesden 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 Billesden family
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Billesden Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Billesden include Bilton, Biltoune, Bilston, Bilson, Bilsden and many more.
Early Notables of the Billesden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billesden family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Billesden 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..