[of 1086] there are four Bellisons, one Belson, and one Bilson, all evidently of the same stock, namely, Bellson (i.e. the son of Isabella). Bilson is an easy variant of Belson. "
This author continues "there is no evidence in favour of 'the son of Bill,' i.e. William." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
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A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bilson, Billson, Bilsonn and others.
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Billson or a variant listed above:
Billson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Henry Billson, who settled in Philadelphia in 1868
Billson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Frank Billson, aged 23, who landed in America from Markfield, in 1906
- A.J. Billson, aged 31, who landed in America, in 1908
- Edward Billson, aged 21, who landed in America from Dalbeattie, Scotland, in 1910
- Alice Billson, aged 32, who immigrated to America from London, England, in 1911
- Ernest Billson, aged 23, who settled in America from Leichester, England, in 1913
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