Billinghan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The story of the Billinghan family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland in the Medieval era. The Billinghan name comes from a place named by these Vikings and was used by a family who lived in the manor of Bellingham in Northumberland, where the family held this estate since the early Middle Ages. By trade, the family was traditionally foresters, and principally cared for the forest of Tynedale, "for tyme beyond memory". The name literally means "homestead of the dwellers at the bell-shaped hill" and is derived from the Old English words Bell+ ing + ham. 
Early Origins of the Billinghan family
The surname Billinghan was first found in Bellingham, Northumberland, where Alan of Bellingham was Lord of the manor shortly after the Norman Conquest in 1066. 
Early records show that there were perpetual feuds between Alan de Bellingham and the Charltons of Hasleyside. It seems that the Charletons were the victor as while they have a mansion near the town, the Bellinghams have pretty much disappeared from the county. Henry Bellingham of Bellingham was made Knight Banneret by King Henry VI after the battle of Wakefield.
Richard Billingham or Bullingham (fl. 1350), was a schoolman, "whose name appears on the rolls of Merton College, Oxford, between 1344 and 1350, is mentioned by Wood (Antiquities of Oxford, i. 447 seqq.) as having been concerned in a riot arising about an election to the chancellorship of the University in 1349. " 
Billingham Manor (or Billingham House) is a manor house in Chillerton, on the Isle of Wight that dates back to 1631.
Early History of the Billinghan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billinghan research. Another 162 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1597, 1592, 1672, 1625, 1633, 1634, 1641, 1549, 1545, 1605, 1512, 1576, 1560, 1571, 1571, 1576, 1528, 1530, 1512, 1598, 1506, 1549, 1511, 1548, 1950 and 1958 are included under the topic Early Billinghan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Billinghan Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, no real standards were established to judge the accuracy of spelling and translation. They were done mostly by ear and intuition, and enormous numbers of spelling variations were the unsurprising result. Billinghan has appeared as Bellingham, Bellinghame, Belingham, Belinghame, Billingham and many more.
Early Notables of the Billinghan family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family at this time was Richard Bellingham (1592?-1672), an English colonial magistrate, lawyer, and several-time Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. "He was educated for the law, and from 1625 to 8 Nov. 1633 was recorder of Boston, Lincolnshire. In 1634 he emigrated, along with his wife, to Massachusetts, and in the following year he was elected deputy governor of the colony. By a majority of six votes over John Winthrop he was, in 1641, elected governor. " 
Sir Edward Bellingham d. 1549), was Lord Deputy of Ireland and the oldest son of Edward Bellingham, Esq., of Erlingham...
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Migration of the Billinghan family to Ireland
Some of the Billinghan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Billinghan family
North America was far from Britain's oppressive monarchy. There, the Scottish found land and freedom, and many even the opportunity to pay back England in the American War of Independence. This brave heritage survives today largely in Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Billinghan family in North America: Richard and William Bellingham who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630; Robert Bellingham arrived in San Francisco, Cal. in 1850; Mary Billingham settled in Maryland in 1741.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ainsi il est
Motto Translation: Thus it is.
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- Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print