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The name Bills is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was taken on by someone who worked as a maker of polearms or halberds and billhooks as these were common weapons in early times. The name could also be a baptismal name derived from son of William, although this latter origin is less likely.

Bills Early Origins



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

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Bills Spelling Variations


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Bills Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bills include Bill, Bills, Billes and others.

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Bills Early History


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Bills Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bills research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1320, 1500, 1667, 1505, 1561, 1547, 1551, 1548, 1551, 1553, 1558, 1561, 1558, 1561, 1560, 1561 and are included under the topic Early Bills History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bills Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bills Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bills Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bills In Ireland


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Bills In Ireland



Some of the Bills family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Bills Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Bills, aged 32, arrived in America in 1635

Bills Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Seraphin Bills, aged 29, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • John Bills, aged 19, landed in New Orleans, La in 1842
  • Mrs. J L Bills, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Bills Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • W Bills landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • Frederick Bills, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Bills, aged 24, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • James Richard Bills, aged 6 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clifton" in 1842
  • Frederick Bills landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842

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Motto



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: Omne solum patria
Motto Translation: Every land is a man's country.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Bills Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bills Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 25 February 2016 at 14:41.

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