The origins of the Billingley name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture. It comes from when the 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 Billingley family
The surname Billingley 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Billingley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Billingley research.Another 58 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1600, 1687, 1680, 1687, 1758, 1806, 1746 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Billingley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Billingley 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 Billingley were recorded, including Billings, Billins, Billinge, Billing, Biling and others.
Early Notables of the Billingley family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Edward Byllynge (died 1687), British colonial administrator and Governor of West New Jersey from 1680 to 1687; Thomas Billings... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Billingley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Billingley family to the New World and Oceana
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 Billingley family emigrate to North America: Roger Billings who settled in Dorchester Massachusetts and was made a freeman of the town in 1643. He married Mary and had seven children from whom many of the present North American Billings are descended. Enoch Billings settled in Barbados in 1663.