Bilsdand History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Bilsdand name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in one of several places called Bilton in the counties of Northumberland, Warwickshire, Essex, or Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Bilsdand family
The surname Bilsdand was first found in Yorkshire at Bilton, a chapelry, in the parish of Swine, union of Skirlaugh, Middle division of the wapentake of Holderness. "This place, called in Domesday Book Biletone, at an early period gave name to a family resident here."  As previous mentioned, there are numerous places name Bilton and part of the reason is that the place name literally means "farmstead of a man called Bill or Billa."  Bilston(e) is similarly popular with places in Staffordshire and Leicestershire.
Early History of the Bilsdand family
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Bilsdand Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bilsdand were recorded, including Bilton, Biltoune, Bilston, Bilson, Bilsden and many more.
Early Notables of the Bilsdand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilsdand family
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bilsdand family emigrate to North America: John Bilson who settled in Virginia in 1654; Stafford Bilson settled in Virginia in 1653; William Bilson settled in New England in 1752; Henry Billson settled in Philadelphia in 1868..
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)