The ancestors of the name Bilsborough date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in Bilbrough, a village near Tadcaster in the county of Yorkshire
. The place name appears in the 11th century in the Domesday Book
of 1086: In Bilbrough, Christchurch, 8 carucates of land taxable. Land for 4 ploughs. Richard (son of Arnfastr) has there one plough; and 6 villagers and 2 smallholders with 2 ploughs. Woodland pasture in places. The whole, 1 league long and a half wide. Value before 1066, 44s; now 22s.
Early Origins of the Bilsborough family
The surname Bilsborough was first found in Lancashire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Bilsborough family
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Bilsborough Spelling Variations
Bilsborough has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred
years, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Bilsborough have been found, including Bilsborough, Billysborow, Billysboroo, Bilsborrow, Billisborowe, Bilsborowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Bilsborough family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilsborough family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England
, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bilsboroughs to arrive on North American shores: William Bilsbrough who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1653.
Contemporary Notables of the name Bilsborough (post 1700)
- Michael Bilsborough (b. 1979), American artist