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Bilson Early Origins



The surname Bilson 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, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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.

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Bilson Spelling Variations


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Bilson Spelling Variations



Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bilson, Billson, Bilsonn and others.

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Bilson Early History


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Bilson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bilson research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1544, 164), 1613, 1547 and 1616 are included under the topic Early Bilson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Bilson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Bilson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bilson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bilson or a variant listed above:

Bilson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stafford Bilson, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • John Bilson who settled in Virginia in 1654

Bilson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Bilson, who settled in New England in 1752

Bilson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Arthur V Bilson, aged 30, who settled in America from Leiceifer, England, in 1907
  • Jane Bilson, aged 57, who landed in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Abraham Bilson, aged 16, who emigrated to the United States from Leeds, England, in 1912
  • J. Rees Bilson, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States from Cardiff, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Bilson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Bilson (post 1700)



  • Daniel "Danny" Bilson (b. 1956), American Hugo Award nominated writer, director, and producer of movies, television, videogames, and comic books
  • Rachel Bilson (b. 1981), American three-time Teen Choice Award winning actress
  • Malcolm Bilson (b. 1935), American musician, player of the the fortepiano
  • Bruce Bilson (b. 1928), American Primetime Emmy Award winning film director, grandfather of Rachel Bilson

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other References

  1. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  8. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
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The Bilson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bilson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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