Billing History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Billing is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in or near the parish of Billing, which was located in the diocese of Liverpool. The name of that place is derived from the Old English word bil, meaning sword or halberd, and later came to indicate a pruning hook used in harvesting fruit.

Early Origins of the Billing family

The surname Billing was first found in Lancashire at Chapel-End Billinge, a township and chapelry, in the parish and union of Wigan, hundred of West Derby. "Billinge anciently gave name to a family the chief line of which terminated about the reign of Edward I., in a female heir, who married into the Heyton family." [1]

Important Dates for the Billing family

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Billing Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Billing were recorded, including Billings, Billins, Billinge, Billing, Biling and others.

Early Notables of the Billing family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Sir Thomas Billing (d. 1481?), was an English Chief Justice, and is thought to have been a native of Northamptonshire, where two villages near Northampton bear his name, and to have afterwards lived in state at Ashwell...
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Billing migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Billing family emigrate to North America:

Billing Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Billing, who arrived in Dorchester, Massachusetts in 1649 [2]
  • Elizabeth Billing, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [2]
  • John Billing, aged 18, who arrived in Maryland in 1684 [2]
Billing Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Tho Billing, who landed in Virginia in 1719 [2]
  • Michel Billing, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [2]
  • Siegfried Billing, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
  • Siegfried Billing, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1752
  • Abraham Billing, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [2]
Billing Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Billing, age 32, who landed in New York City in 1820
  • Christina Billing, aged 29, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846 [2]
  • Samuel Billing, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Wilhelm Billing, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 [2]
  • Fr Billing, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [2]
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Billing migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Billing Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Billing, English convict from Bedford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on July 29th, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Thomas Billing, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Trafalgar" in 1847 [4]
  • Mr. Thomas Billing, (b. 1803), aged 45, Cornish miner travelling aboard the ship "Blonde" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th October 1848 [5]
  • Mrs. Jane Billing, (b. 1805), aged 43, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Blonde" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th October 1848 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Billing, (b. 1836), aged 12, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Blonde" arriving in Port Phillip, New South Wales, Australia on 15th October 1848 [5]
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Billing migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Billing Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Billing, who landed in New Plymouth, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Amelia Thompson
  • Ellen Billing, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surge" in 1855
  • Isaiah Billing, (b. 1852), aged 23, Cornish farm labourer departing on 5th October 1875 aboard the ship "Soukar" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th January 1877" [6]
  • Miss Mary A. Billing, (b. 1861), aged 17, Cornish housemaid departing on 29th October 1878 aboard the ship "Western Monarch" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 26th February 1879 [7]
  • Miss Mary Billing, (b. 1861), aged 17, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Billing (post 1700)

  • Peter Graham Billing (b. 1964), English former footballer
  • Noel Pemberton Billing (1881-1948), English aviator, inventor, publisher, and Member of Parliament
  • Archibald Billing (1791-1881), Irish physician and writer on art, the son of Theodore Billing of Cromlyn, in the county of Dublin [9]
  • Heinz Billing (1914-2017), German physicist and computer scientist
  • Johanna Billing (b. 1973), Swedish conceptual artist
  • Amanda Billing (b. 1976), New Zealand actress, best known for her role as Doctor Sarah Potts on the soap opera Shortland Street
  • Roy Billing, New Zealand television actor
  • Sir Richard Billing Dearlove KCMG OBE (b. 1945), Cornish head of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) from 1999 until 6 May 2004

Citations

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 151 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1823
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TRAFALGAR 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Trafalgar.htm
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, May 30). Ships' Passenger Lists of Arrivals in New South Wales on (1828 - 1842, 1848 - 1849) [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_nsw_1838_on.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 20 Jun. 2019
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