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Early Origins of the Billingsley family

The surname Billingsley was first found in Shropshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.

Early History of the Billingsley family

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Billingsley Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Billingsley include Billingsley, Billingsly, Byllingsley and others.

Early Notables of the Billingsley family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Sir John Billingsley; and Sir Henry Billingsley (died 1606), Lord Mayor of London and the first translator of Euclid into English. he was the son of Roger Billingsley of Canterbury. "He was admitted a...
  • Martin Billingsley born in 1591, (fl. 1618-1637), was a writing-master, "as an inscription round his portrait, prefixed to his 'Pens Excellencie,' but where he was born, or of whom, there is no eviden...
  • Nicholas Billingsley (1633-1709), was an English poet and divine, was a native of Faversham, Kent. He was probably son of Nicholas Billingsley, one of the masters of Faversham School and rector of Bel...
  • John Billingsley the Elder (1626-1684), was an English divine, born at Chatham, Kent, on 14 Sept. 1626. "In 1648, he was fortunate to be supplied with a Kentish fellowship of Corpus Christi College, O...

Billingsley Ranking

In the United States, the name Billingsley is the 2,546th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1]

United States Billingsley migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Billingsley or a variant listed above:

Billingsley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas and William Billingsley who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • Tho Billingsley, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • Win Billingsley, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [2]
  • George Billingsley, who arrived in Virginia in 1681 [2]
Billingsley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francis Billingsley, who landed in Virginia in 1735 [2]
  • Charles Billingsley, who settled in New England in 1735
Billingsley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Billingsley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [2]

Canada Billingsley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Billingsley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Richard Billingsley, who landed in Quebec in 1784

Australia Billingsley migration to Australia +

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

Billingsley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Billingsley, (b. 1805), aged 40 who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 10 years for stealing, transported aboard the "David Malcolm" on 13th May 1845, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) and Norfolk Island, he died in 1880 [3]

West Indies Billingsley migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [4]
Billingsley Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Bold Billingsley, who settled in Barbados in 1690

Contemporary Notables of the name Billingsley (post 1700) +

  • Hobart Sherwood Billingsley (1926-2022), American diving champion who later coached high school, college, and Olympic diving teams, inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Peter Billingsley (b. 1971), American actor, director, and producer best known for his role as Ralphie in the movie A Christmas Story (1983)
  • John Billingsley (b. 1960), American actor
  • Barbara Billingsley (1915-2010), American television actress best known for playing June Clever on "Leave it to Beaver"
  • William Devotie Billingsley (1887-1913), American soldier, the first Naval aviator killed in the performance of duty, when he was killed on a test flight
  • Chad Ryan Billingsley (b. 1984), American Major League Baseball player
  • Frederic Crockett Billingsley (1921-2002), American engineer
  • William Billingsley (1758-1828), English porcelain painter
  • John Billingsley (1747-1811), English agricultural pioneer from Somerset
  • John Billingsley (1747-1811), English agricultural pioneer

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  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. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st June 2021). Retrieved from
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