The name Billier finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxons
. It was given to one who worked as a bell-founder
or a bellringer.
The surname Billier is derived from the Old English word belle,
which means bell.
Early Origins of the Billier family
The surname Billier was first found in Cambridgeshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. The parish of Kirby Bellars in Leicestershire
takes its name from the foundation of a college there in 1359 during the reign of Edward II. CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Billier family
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Billier 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. Billier has been recorded under many different variations, including Beller, Bellere, Bellier, Biller, Billere, Billier, Billers and many more.
Early Notables of the Billier family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billier 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 Billier or a variant listed above: Martin Biller, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732.