Billett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Billett family

The surname Billett was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Norman influence of English history prevailed after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. This Norman family name was first referenced in the 12th century when they held estates in that shire. They are believed to be descended from the French family Billet from Cote de Or.

Early History of the Billett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billett research. Another 143 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1163, 1538, 1455, 1487, 1610, 1616, 1610, 1611, 1612, 1613, 1614, 1615 and 1612 are included under the topic Early Billett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Billett 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 Billett family name include Billett, Billet, Bylett, Byllot, Byllott and others.

Early Notables of the Billett family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Robert Bylot fl. 1610-1616), English navigator, first mentioned as a seaman of the Discovery, in the expedition to the North-West under Hudson in 1610-1611. "His being rated as master's mate, and the jealousy which this promotion excited, were among the causes of the mutiny of the ship's company and the death of the captain. No blame seems to have been attributed to Bylot; and in 1612-1613 he was again employed under Button, who completed the exploration of Hudson's Bay. It seems probable that in 1614 he was employed with Gibbons...
Another 98 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Billett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Billett migration to the United States +

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 Billett family to immigrate North America:

Billett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • ino Billett, who landed in Virginia in 1663 [1]
  • Grace Billett, who arrived in Maryland in 1664 [1]
Billett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Billett, who arrived in America in 1764 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Billett (post 1700) +

  • Brooke Krueger- Billett (b. 1980), Australian gold medalist hammer thrower at the 2006 Commonwealth Games
  • Stephen Billett, Australian educational researcher and Professor for Adult Vocational Education in the School of Education and Professional Studies at Griffith University
  • William "Billy" Billett (1888-1956), Australian rules footballer who played with Fitzroy and South Melbourne in 1918 and 1923

  1. ^ 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) on Facebook