Early Origins of the Billsbay family
The surname Billsbay was first found in Lincolnshire
at Bilsby, a parish, in the hundred
of Calceworth, Lincolnshire
. This village was listed as Billesbi in the Domesday Book CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
and meant "farmstead or village of a man called Bildr from the Old Norse personal name
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Alternatively the name could have come from Beelsby, a village in North East Lincolnshire. Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands of Beelsby, held by Godric the King's Steward, who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086. At that time, Beelsby held 3 mills.
Early History of the Billsbay family
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Billsbay Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Billesby, Billsby, Beelsby, Belsby, Bilsby, Bilbie, Bilsbie and many more.
Early Notables of the Billsbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billsbay family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Billsbay or a variant listed above were: Clemence Byllesby, aged 19, who arrived at Ellis Island
, in 1919; Henry M. Byllesby, aged 60, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1918; Henry W. Byllesby, aged 55, who arrived at Ellis Island, in 1913.