Early Origins of the Bilsbay family
The surname Bilsbay 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 Bilsbay family
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Bilsbay Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Bilsbay include Billesby, Billsby, Beelsby, Belsby, Bilsby, Bilbie, Bilsbie and many more.
Early Notables of the Bilsbay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilsbay family to the New World and Oceana
at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Bilsbays to arrive on North American shores: 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.