The name Bilton is an old Anglo-Saxon
name. It comes from when a family lived in one of several places called Bilton
in the counties of Northumberland
, or Yorkshire.
Early Origins of the Bilton family
The surname Bilton 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 Bilton family
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Bilton 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 Bilton were recorded, including Bilton, Biltoune, Bilston, Bilson, Bilsden and many more.
Early Notables of the Bilton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bilton family to the New World and Oceana
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 Bilton family emigrate to North America:
Bilton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Mr.. W.H. Bilton, aged 62, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1904
- Marie Bilton, aged 48, who landed in America from Sheffield, in 1905
- John H. Bilton, aged 35, who landed in America from Doncaster, in 1906
- Edwin D. Bilton, aged 43, who settled in America from Middlesboro, England, in 1913
- Henry Bilton, aged 32, who emigrated to America, in 1917
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Bilton Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Naomi Bilton, aged 31, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1906
- John Egbert C Bilton, aged 34, who settled in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1913
- Fred A. Bilton, aged 41, who settled in Calgary, Canada, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Bilton (post 1700)
- John Michael Bilton, English football coach and former player
- Michael Bilton (1919-1993), English television actor
- Percy Bilton, English Company Chairman and Philanthropist
- Alan Bilton, British academic and novelist
- James H. Bilton (1908-1988), English-born, Canadian politician in Manitoba
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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)