Origins Available: English
name Billey comes from when the family resided in Somerset
. As a local
name, it was derived from the local at the hill-garth.
The name could also have been an occupational
name for a hellier
who was a roofer, tiler or thatcher.
Early Origins of the Billey family
The surname Billey was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Billey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billey research.Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1485, 1537, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1640, 1660, 1670, 1685, 1716, 1729, 1743, 1781, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Billey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Billey Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Billey has been recorded under many different variations, including Hilliard, Hildyard, Hillard, Hildheard and others.
Early Notables of the Billey family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Hildyard (d. 1602), whose tomb is in Church of St. German in Winestead, as well as a Hildyard, Sheriff of... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Billey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Billey family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Billey or a variant listed above: John and Gregory Hilliard, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Charles Hilliard settled in Virginia in 1635; George Hilliard settled in Virginia in 1659.