Early Origins of the Billson family
The surname Billson was first found in Hampshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Billson family
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Billson Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Billson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Billson family to the New World and Oceana
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 emigrated to America from London, England, in 1911
- Ernest Billson, aged 23, who settled in America from Leichester, England, in 1913
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