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Bilsborrow History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Bilsborrow has a long Anglo-Saxon heritage. The name comes from when a family lived 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 Bilsborrow family


The surname Bilsborrow was first found in Lancashire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Bilsborrow family


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Bilsborrow Spelling Variations


Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Bilsborrow have been found, including Bilsborough, Billysborow, Billysboroo, Bilsborrow, Billisborowe, Bilsborowe and many more.

Early Notables of the Bilsborrow family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Bilsborrow family to the New World and Oceana


Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Bilsborrow, or a variant listed above: William Bilsbrough who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1653.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bilsborrow (post 1700)


  • James Romanus Bilsborrow O.S.B. (1862-1931), English Roman Catholic prelate and Benedictine priest, Bishop of Port-Louis (1910-1916), Archbishop of Cardiff (1916-1920)
  • Rt Rev John Bilsborrow, English clergyman, Bishop of the Roman Catholic diocese of Salford, from 1892 to 1903

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