Show ContentsBillman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Billman family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Nottingham in the midlands of England. However, the family was originally descended from the Bellengers, the Knights of Facomberg in Picardy, France and the name has been corrupted from the name of the French Boulanger family, who were chevaliers (knights) of Hainaut and Flanders.

Early Origins of the Billman family

The surname Billman was first found in Worcestershire where John Belinger was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1275. [1]

From this earliest record, we move to 16th century London where William Bellinger is buried at St. Peter, Cornhill in 1563; and the same church records show Thomas Bland and Rose Bellynger married at that time. William Bellinger and Dorothy Ferrybye were married in 1572-3 and later, Richard Ashman and Joan Belinger were married in 1620. [2]

Early History of the Billman family

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Billman Spelling Variations

Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Billman family name include Ballenger, Ballinger, Bellinger, Bellenger and others.

Early Notables of the Billman family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Francis Bellinger (died 1721), an English physician, an original member of the Spalding Society. John Bellinger was a "bookseller in London; Cliffords...
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Billman Ranking

In the United States, the name Billman is the 9,868th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Billman family to Ireland

Some of the Billman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Billman migration to the United States +

To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Billman family to immigrate North America:

Billman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Dewald Billman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752 [4]
  • Dewalt H Billman, who arrived in America in 1752 [4]
  • Inc Nichs Billman, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765 [4]
  • John Billman, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Billman (post 1700) +

  • Mark Billman (1905-1933), American racecar driver killed 79 laps into the 1933 Indianapolis 500
  • Blaine Billman, award-winning American artist

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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) on Facebook