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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, Warwickshire, Essex, or Yorkshire.

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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." [1] 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." [2] Bilston(e) is similarly popular with places in Staffordshire and Leicestershire.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bilton research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 165 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Bilton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Bilton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


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

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  • 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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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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The Bilton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bilton 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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