The ancestors of the name Bilsson date back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from their residence in one of several places called Bilton
in the counties of Northumberland
, or Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Bilsson family
The surname Bilsson 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Bilston(e) is similarly popular with places in Staffordshire
Early History of the Bilsson family
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Bilsson Spelling Variations
Bilsson 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 Bilsson have been found, including Bilton, Biltoune, Bilston, Bilson, Bilsden and many more.
Early Notables of the Bilsson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilsson 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 Bilssons to arrive on North American shores: 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..