The name Billesdyn is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in one of several places called Bilton
in the counties of Northumberland
, or Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Billesdyn family
The surname Billesdyn 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 Billesdyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billesdyn research.Another 55 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 165 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Billesdyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Billesdyn Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Billesdyn has been spelled many different ways, including Bilton, Biltoune, Bilston, Bilson, Bilsden and many more.
Early Notables of the Billesdyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billesdyn family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Billesdyns to arrive in North America: 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..