Early Origins of the Billsby family
The surname Billsby 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 Billsby family
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Billsby Spelling Variations
Multitudes of spelling variations
are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans
introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Billesby, Billsby, Beelsby, Belsby, Bilsby, Bilbie, Bilsbie and many more.
Early Notables of the Billsby family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billsby family to the New World and Oceana
Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland
, North America, and Australia
in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England
. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Billsby or a variant listed above: 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.