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Billington Surname Meaning

English: habitational name from any of the three places called Billington in Lancashire Staffordshire and Bedfordshire. The first of these is first recorded in 1196 as Billingduna ‘sword-shaped hill’ (see Bill ); the second is in Domesday Book as Belintone ‘settlement (Old English tūn) of Billa’; the one in Bedfordshire is recorded in 1196 as Billendon from an Old English personal name Billa + dūn ‘hill’. The place in Lancashire is the most likely source of the surname.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Millington, Allington, Pilkington, Wallington, Ellington, Withington

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Where is the Billington family from?

You can see how Billington families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Billington family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Billington families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,666 Billington families living in Lancashire. This was about 43% of all the recorded Billington's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Billington families in 1891.
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What did your Billington ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Billington. 9% of Billington men worked as a General Labourer and 69% of Billington women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Billington were Plumber and Unpaid Domestic. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Plumber

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
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There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Billington. For the veterans among your Billington ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Billington lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Billington life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Billington in 1942 was 58, and 77 in 2004.

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