Billinsly is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon
origin and comes from the family once having 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 Billinsly family
The surname Billinsly 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 Billinsly family
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Billinsly Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Billinsly family name include Billings, Billins, Billinge, Billing, Biling and others.
Early Notables of the Billinsly 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 Billinsly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Billinsly family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Billinsly surname or a spelling variation of the name include: 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.