Bilyard is a name whose history is connected to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bilyard family once lived in Somerset
. As a local
name, it was derived from the local at the hill-garth.
The name could also have been an occupational
name for a hellier
who was a roofer, tiler or thatcher.
Early Origins of the Bilyard family
The surname Bilyard was first found in Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Bilyard family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bilyard research.Another 331 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1109, 1485, 1537, 1602, 1612, 1619, 1640, 1660, 1670, 1685, 1716, 1729, 1743, 1781, and 1814 are included under the topic Early Bilyard History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bilyard Spelling Variations
Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Bilyard family name include Hilliard, Hildyard, Hillard, Hildheard and others.
Early Notables of the Bilyard family (pre 1700)
Notables of the family at this time include Sir Christopher Hildyard (d. 1602), whose tomb is in Church of St. German in Winestead, as well as a Hildyard, Sheriff of... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bilyard Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Bilyard family to the New World and Oceana
For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland
, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Bilyard surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John and Gregory Hilliard, who settled in Virginia in 1623; Charles Hilliard settled in Virginia in 1635; George Hilliard settled in Virginia in 1659.